How is Spinal Cord Injury Diagnosed and Evaluated?


Spinal cord injury may be diagnosed and evaluated using one or more of the following tests. Movement of the neck or arms by the healthcare team members may be necessary when getting these tests.

Tests used for diagnosis:

  • X-Rays
  • CT or "CAT Scan" (Computerized Axial Tomography)
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

Spinal cord exam includes checking:

  • Movement and strength of arms and legs
  • Ability to feel sharp/dull or hot/cold
  • Position sense of the arms and legs

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