It’s common to be a bit anxious when you are scheduled for an MRI scan, but fear not. An MRI (which stands for magnetic resonance imaging) is a low risk scan that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the scanned area. There is no cutting, no pain and there are no known side effects. An MRI is commonly used to look at injuries such as a sprain, back pain and even to look inside the brain. The image “slices” can help your doctor identify healthy tissue from unhealthy tissues, and it is one of the best tools in use to diagnose potential problems or abnormalities. While x-rays and CT scans can expose you to low levels of radiation, there is no radiation from an MRI. Are you anxious about your MRI scan? Here are the true risks:
- Implants or metal devices might preclude you from having an MRI, but not necessarily. Check with your physician.
- Anxiety from claustrophobia is common, but with the newest technology available and an understanding technologist you can sail through a scan with minimal discomfort.
- Contrast material (used if needed) can cause an adverse reaction in some people though it is extremely rare. If you have compromised kidney function this might put you at a higher risk, that is why we perform a kidney function test on every patient that falls in a high-risk category.
Having any type of scan can be intimidating, but a little preparation ahead of time can help you be mentally prepared, and ease your mind for going through this experience. Our physicians and technologists are there to help you be as comfortable as possible during the entire process. If you have questions about your MRI scan contact us.