MRI brain scans are a powerful tool for detecting a number of problems with the brain and clarifying the origins of various symptoms.
The images produced by MRIs are high-resolution, showing various parts of the brain in great detail. Although getting an MRI scan is virtually no one’s idea of a good time, it’s often necessary for detecting medical problems and checking the progression of a known disease.
The following are four things an MRI brain scan can show you:
- Problems with blood vessels in the brain. For instance, you might have an aneurysm, in which the wall of a blood vessel is bulging out; the vessels bulging walls can press into the brain, or it can rupture, bleeding into the brain. MRI brain scans can show the sites of strokes, where blood vessels have gotten blocked or have burst, leading to possible brain damage.
- Head injuries. MRIs can show the site of a head injury in detail, including the scope of the damaged tissue and any bleeding.
- Tumors and infections. In fine detail, MRI scans can detect brain tumors, including small clumps of cancerous tissue that didn’t originate in the brain but metastasized from other parts of the body (such as from a cancerous tumor in the lungs). The mark of various viruses and bacterial infections such as meningitis, where the lining around the brain swells, can also get picked up by an MRI scan.
- Neural diseases. These include Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s as well as other conditions involving neural tissue. An MRI scan can detect the signs and help doctors monitor the progression of the condition; even if there’s no cure, there are treatments that might slow down disease development, and an MRI scan help check their efficacy.
Be sure to contact us to find out more about MRI brain scans. Although getting an MRI is a daunting prospect, at the right medical facility you’ll have your concerns addressed and get treated with dignity and comfort.