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Standing ex-rays, MRI, EMG

Posted by Karlen on 9/01/98 at 07:57 (001544)

Hi All,
In the search for answers to foot pain, has anyone had an ex-ray taken while standing up, had an MRI of the foot or feet, or an EMG. What does an MRI show?? Or an EMG?? I have asked my doctor about a standing ex-ray--he said that it wouldn't make any difference as the foot formation is the same, whether lying down for an ex-ray or standing up for one. I asked if I could have an MRI done and he said 'they don't do feet'. Something tells me that he is incorrect on both counts. I have been to a neurologist who did not suggest an EMG--he said my feet were just worn out. I am not really familiar with MRI or EMG. Can someone provide some info on these?? I visit another specialist tomorrow and would appreciate any info I can pick up before then. I don't have time right now to go into foot pain details, but will later. Thanks, Karlen

Re: Standing ex-rays, MRI, EMG

scot on 9/01/98 at 19:57 (001556)

Xray's can be taken standing or lying down. Standing is probably best. The technician can take 3 different views of foot to make xray.

I understand you can't go in to details about your pain, but some information is necessary to understand why you might need EMG or MRI.

Do you have foot pain, yet no objective symptoms on XRay?

An MRI is magnetic Resonance imaging. It can be useful in detecting any neuroma's. EMG is a test of conduction velocity of your nerves.

It is used to detect any neurological abnormality, such as an impinged nerve, nerve entrapment, peripheral neuropathy. Some types of nerve damage will not show up on an EMG.

If you are diabetic and having any foot problem you should see a neurologist.

It sounds as if you are searching for some answers. You can certainly benefit from this group because many have first hand knowledge of tests and conditions.

If you can leave a little more info on your situation, ie post-surgery complications, pain that physician cannot diagnose, this group might be able to offer insight on further testing or care.

Knowing what it is you are trying to identify helps define the role of MRI xrays and EMG.

Good luck in your recovery.

Re: Standing ex-rays, MRI, EMG

Kathy on 9/03/98 at 15:27 (001597)

I have had x-rays done both lying down and standing up. I don't know that there is a difference. It was sure easier to do the standing ones. I have heard of people having an EMG, but I believe that is looking for signs of Tarsel Tunnel Syndrome.