What is the role of MRI in the workup of multiple myeloma (MM)?

Updated: Jul 15, 2019
  • Author: Dhaval Shah, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is useful in detecting thoracic and lumbar spine lesions, paraspinal involvement, and early cord compression. Findings from MRI of the vertebrae are often positive when plain radiographs are not. MRI can depict as many as 40% of spinal abnormalities in patients with asymptomatic gammopathies in whom radiographic studies are normal. For this reason, evaluate symptomatic patients with MRI to obtain a clear view of the spinal column and to assess the integrity of the spinal cord.

Also see the topic Imaging Multiple Myeloma.


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