What is MRI?
MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, this radiology technique uses
radio waves, strong magnetism and a computer to peek inside your body and
capture detailed images of different body structures. It can be done on different
parts of the body.
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How can an MRI test help you?
An MRI helps a physician in looking for a disease or an injury and can help them find out
how your body is responding to a treatment. It can also be done when x-rays or CT scans
fail to deliver detailed information about your condition.
An MRI can help keep a check on the health of certain organs including ovaries, kidneys,
breasts, prostate, pancreas or liver. Or it can also aid in having a look at different ongoing
conditions in your body which include:
- Brain injuries
- Blood vessel damage
- Ear and eye problems
- Bone infections
- Damaged joints
What are the requirements of an MRI test?
Don’t carry any metallic items including cell phones, coins, hearing aids, eyeglasses or
watches, as metal is strictly prohibited in MRI procedure rooms. This is because the magnetic
field in the machine can attract all metal based items, and they will eventually create disruptions
in your procedure.
Do talk to your doctor briefly if you have any implanted limbs or joints, fillings in your teeth,
body piercings, artificial heart valves, cochlear implants, pacemakers or drug pumps.
Make sure to discuss your tattoos because some inks contain metal fragments.
How to prepare for an MRI test?
- On the day of your test wear loose and comfy clothing, your technician might also get you changed
into a gown.
- You may hear a loud thumping sound from the machine during the procedure so you can ask for
earplugs or carry your own to muffle the sound.
- If you fear enclosed spaces do discuss it with your doctor before the procedure so that they can
give you a relaxant or perform your procedure in an open MRI machine.
How is an MRI performed?
An MRI machine looks like a large tube with magnets surrounding it. You’ll be asked to lie on a sliding table, then you’ll get a contrast dye called gadolinium in your hand or arm. Straps may be there to help your body stay firm.
Your body is then slided into the machine and the machine initiates creating a magnetic field inside your body.
Then a computer picks signals from the machine and starts creating a series of images. The procedure takes around 20-90 minutes.
How can you interpret the results of an MRI?
Only a specially trained doctor or radiologist is able to read and understand the results of an MRI.
They will then forward the results to your physician and then your physician will interpret them for you.
Are there any risks associated with MRI?
Unlike other radiology procedures MRI is quite safe but still there are certain risks associated with it which are as follows:
- During an MRI contrast dye helps a radiologist see clearly into your body, most people don’t react to it but some do. With a few steps it can be treated.
- It can lead to nerve stimulation or peripheral muscle which can cause a twitching sensation.
- The radio frequency energy used in the procedure can lead to heating up of the body.
- The contrast agent used in the procedure can also harm a foetus.
How much does an MRI cost?
MRI scan cost in Islamabad keeps on varying because of the difference in organs and evaluation requirements.
Roughly the MRI test price in Islamabad can be around 2000 to 30000.
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