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A proper diagnosis of foraminal stenosis is accomplished through the use of a three step process:
Your doctor may have X-rays taken of your back to rule out other suspected problems such as tumors, or bone injuries. To get a better look at soft tissue that may be suspected as a cause of foraminal stenosis, an MRI may be ordered. The MRI will provide highly detailed images of soft tissue, such as the vertebral discs, or ligaments. A CT scan may help by imaging the shape, size, and nearby structures of the spinal canal. If it is suspected that the spinal cord or other nerves are being impinged on, a special dye may be injected into the spinal column before an MRI or CT scan to help better visualize this. Once diagnosis is confirmed, treatment may begin.
Endoscopic spine procedures can be used to correct many of the conditions that cause chronic back pain or to repair failed previous surgeries.- Kaixuan Liu, MD, PhD President, Atlantic Spine Center Read More about Dr.Liu