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Will an MRI Detect Ankylosing Spondylitis?

I was told I had AS. I have the same symptoms. But the doctor did the blood test for HLA-B27 and it came back negative. Others have told me not to put a lot of stock in the blood test because a lot of people have AS that test negative. I can’t get in to see a rheumatologist until February. The orthopedic doctor has me scheduled for an MRI on my upper back and neck Monday. Will an MRI detect it? Will an orthopedic doctor recognize it?


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  • Lawrence "Rick" Phillips moderator
    2 months ago

    according to WebMD: an MRI can be one tool to diagnose AS. It is not always necessary to use this tool however. This is the link I referred to:

    https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/ankylosing-spondylitis/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20354813

    I hope that helps.

    rick – moderator

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