Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is an inherited medical condition affecting the connective tissues (such as skin and joints) that help hold the body together. This condition can lead to loose and unstable joints, which may also cause severe pain and other problems in the spine or the craniovertebral junction (the place where the skull meets the spine). There are also several other conditions that can increase the risk of similar problems in the cervical (upper) spine and craniovertebral junction.
Health Quality Ontario Reviews Positional Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Specific Spinal Abnormalities
Positional MRI is a newer type of diagnostic imaging that allows patients to sit, stand or take other positions throughout the scanning process. Some experts believe patients with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome or suspected cervical spine or craniovertebral abnormalities might benefit from this technology because it might better detect abnormalities only visible when the patient is upright. Appropriate imaging and diagnosis is important to determine the best way to manage and treat these conditions.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has accepted this recommendation.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has provided the following response: Positional (upright) MRI is currently not available in Ontario.