(Image: Para-sagittal MRI of the head, with aliasing artifacts (nose and forehead appear at the back of the head)
MRI Scans Explained
What is an MRI scan?
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scanning is a medical investigation that uses an exceptionally strong magnet and radio frequency waves to generate images of your body.
Why would I need an MRI scan?
An MRI scan is one of the most sophisticated diagnostic tools available to help a referring clinician understand the cause of your particular health issue.
What can be diagnosed by an MRI scan?
By scanning the relevant sector(s) of a patient’s body, an MRI scan can help to diagnose the following:
1. most ailments of the brain, including tumors and dementias
2. sports injuries
3. musculoskeletal problems
4. most spinal conditions/injuries
5. vascular abnormalities
6. female pelvic problems
7. prostate problems
8. some gastrointestinal tract conditions
9. certain ear, nose, and throat (ENT) conditions
10. soft tissue and bone pathology/conditions
Who can’t have an MRI scan?
Due to the powerful magnetic force involved in producing an MRI scan, certain individuals will not be scanned. You must not have an MRI scan if you have:
~ a cardiac (heart) pacemaker
~ certain clips in your head from brain operations, i.e. aneurysm clips
~ a cochlear (ear) implant
~ a metallic foreign body in your eye
~ had surgery in the last 8 weeks
~ a programmable shunt for hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain)
~ if you are pregnant
Info source: Vista Diagnostics UK