What all patients should know about the MRI scan

If you’ve been potentially diagnosed with a wide variety of illnesses, or if your doctor is unsure of what is causing certain symptoms, you may be subject to taking an MRI scan. This medical imaging test is a great way for doctors to find and diagnose cancer, tumors, broken bones, lung damage, and many other medical problems. For those who are not aware of the MRI scan, it may be a bit intimidating. Currently, there are no known dangers or side effects from taking an MRI scan. In almost all cases, the MRI scan is an outpatient procedure, meaning the patient can still come home the dame day of taking the test. The most common MRI machines are long, cylindrical containers in which the patient lies down and lets the machine scan over their body. Some people may feel a bit claustrophobic, but otherwise the test is harmless. The machine does also make a strange, banging noise which is also somewhat annoying but will not hurt the patient in any way.

An MRI scan allows the doctor to take pictures from all angles, versus a CT scan which only takes images horizontally. This more modern method allows doctors to see much more of the tissue, brain, bone, and other internal organs, even veins. It can also help detect any heart problems or damage. The pictures come out very clear and make it much easier for doctors to see tissue and blood vessels in the body. If you wear a hearing aid or a pacemaker, or other metal objects, please inform your doctor before agreeing to an MRI scan. The metal may cause the machine to malfunction or give inaccurate results. Overall, this type of medical test is ideal for finding and diagnosing various health problems without being invasive, making it a very popular choice for doctors all over the United States.

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