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Spine CT (no contrast)

Fair Price $390$312
$975+
Choosing Wisely®
Imaging tests for lower-back pain: When you need them - and when you don't

A MRI, CT and X-ray of your spine will not help you feel better faster. Most people with back pain feel better in about a month, whether or not they have an imaging test. Sometimes, they feel worse than people who took over-the-counter pain medicine and followed simple steps, like walking, to help their pain.

Imaging tests can also lead to surgery and other treatments that you do not need. In one study, people who had a MRI were much more likely to have surgery than people who did not have an MRI. Nevertheless, the surgery did not help them get better faster.

Source: Choosing Wisely

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