Tim Canty, M.D.| Associate Director of Pain Management Staten Island University Hospital | Harvard Fellowship Trained and Board Certified in Pain Management Minimally Invasive Spine Pain Management
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Tim: Pain just in the back region, you may decide to get an x-ray to make sure they don’t have any fractures or tumors. And that’s usually for people that maybe over 50, that may indicated. If they have pain that radiates down to the leg, the best imaging study at that point, if it’s been persistent would be an MRI. So CAT scan would be better looking at the bony structures, but the MRI is going to be better looking at the tissues of the disks. Male: Sometimes you end up doing both, is that true? Tim: You may. You may. Male: Situations. But you're saying MRI is probably you would try most probably. Tim: Correct. If you're thinking this is something involving the nerves and the disks, then MRI is going to be the best study.

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