A patient with acute back pain is admitted to the hospital. The physician orders magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the spine and a physical therapy consult for back strengthening. In what sequence should the nurse schedule the orders?


• The MRI should be scheduled first since the patient was admitted for acute back pain

• Physical therapy is important, but the MRI may provide information as to a cause of the pain, allowing for a treatment plan

• There is no evidence that the patient is at risk for falls

• The patient does not need to have an empty stomach for an MRI

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