WriteTek Northwest recently completed an upgrade of the Pacific Imaging Center website. The project included new MRIs that allow viewers to compare standard and axial-loaded images of the lumbar spine.
John Howerton of LilJohns.biz handled the graphics work and coding.
Because most of our weight is in the upper body, the spine is slightly compressed when we are in the standing position. Unfortunately, it’s not practical to ask patients with back pain to stand perfectly still for 20-30 minutes during an MRI. For that reason, MRIs of the lumbar spine have traditionally been conducted with the patient in the reclining position. However, because the spine is not compressed, the images do not always provide a clear picture of the problem.
Axial loading uses a device called the DynaWell L-Spine, which compresses the spine while the patient is in the reclining position. Research has shown that axial-loaded images often reveal problems that would not be discovered by standard MRIs.
Photos: Side-by-side comparisons.
Video: Dr. Jay Kaiser of National Orthopedic Imaging Associates discusses axial loading.
Pacific Imaging Center is located at 625 9th Avenue in Longview at Pacific Surgical Institute.