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What To Do Before Mri Scan
Inform physician: Radiologists trained in imaging from residencies and fellowships usually read imaging studies. They are usually peer reviewed to avoid making errors. However they are human and can make errors.Error rate is usually universally about 3-4%. In order to improve performance of medicine providers need to be informed. In imaging as in medicine there are gray areas and everything is not black and white. ...Read more
Mri or magnetic resonance imaging is one of the more recently developed imaging modalities available to physicians. It uses powerful magnets to generate images. There is no ionizing radiation which is a major advantage over many other modalities. Mri is the best imaging exam that we have for most soft tissue and joint related problems. There are radiologists ...Read more
Findings on Exam?: Perhaps there were findings on a physical exam that were not explained by the ultrasound? Why not ask your doctor? ...Read more
Claustrophobia: Many people who have never had an MRI study before are concerned about experiencing claustrophobia during the scan. There are multiple methods to deal with this issue including meditation during the scan, having the MRI on an "open" machine to reduce the sensation of claustrophobia, or having the doctor that requested to study also prescribe a medication such as Xanax (alprazolam) to help you relax. ...Read more
Spine evaluation: A myelogram is a common diagnostic study that most patients tolerate well. The physician will place you on a flouroscopy table, prep your lower back, inject a local anesthetic, place a needle in your back, inject dye, remove the needle, place a bandaid and summon the radiology tech to take x-rays. Then you will have a ct. You will be observed for several hours and be discharged. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Set up an appt: Radiologists are specialists and interpreters for imaging for the ordering physician and typically don't consult or review exams with patients directly. Healthtap concierge allows you direct access to radiologists such as myself where we can review your report and exam together. ...Read more
Probably okay: Policies for different imaging facilities and departments differ, but usually CTs of the abdomen and pelvis without oral contrast are fine for interpretation. Where I work, sometimes we won't even request that oral contrast be given unless it's for very specific indications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
MRI report: What does the report say? You can ask your doctor for clarification, or post a specific question about the report. ...Read more
Talk to your doctor: Speak with the doctor who ordered the scan and ask them to explain the report ...Read more
MRI: I'm not sure what the question is. Are you asking what you need to do to prepare for an MRI? You don't need to do anything in particular.You will need to inform the technologist of any metal devices or objects in your body that might contraindicate the MRI, such as a pacemaker.You will get a thorough questionnaire about this. If you are getting IV contrast they will need to know about kidney fx ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
CT IV contrast : IV contrast is associated with a very low incidence of acute adverse events, and the bulk of these are not life threatening. Studies report an overall acute adverse reaction rate (allergic-like + physiologic) of 0.2%-0.7%. Serious acute reactions to IV dye are rare, with an historical rate of approximately 0.04%. FDA review demonstrated a rate of 2.1 fatalities per 1 million injections. ...Read more
Gadolinium: The contrast agents used during an MRI all contain gadolinium which is a rare earth element. The gadolinium is chelated so that it is less toxic and can be excreted through the kidneys. It functions to increase contrast between structures and can highlight abnormal structures and masses. ...Read more
How does an MRI scan work? I have not been able to find much information about MRI scans and i just want to know the basic facts.
When : When the MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) was invented it allowed making diagnoses without invading the body much, much easier. A person lies inside what looks like a big donut hole (not the entire body). The MRI machine uses both a magnetic field and radio waves to make detailed pictures of the body. It can show the image of bones, muscles, the brain, internal organs etc. The MRI makes cross-sectional images â€” so that the body can be examined at numerous depths and levels. Quite an amazing diagnostic tool! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not much.: Just try and relax and bring any information regarding and implanted "thing" (if you have any) in your body. You don't usually need to fast or anything like that. However, if you are having a breast MRI it needs to be scheduled around certain parameters of your menstrual cycle. ...Read more
It helps: Contrast (dye) often adds additional information that is useful. In the setting of acute trauma to the head contrast is often not given. When looking for clues to other neurological problems the contrast can be very beneficial. ...Read more
I don't follow...: Don't you know why your doc ordered a scan??? You should. Scans are ordered for a million and one reasons including cancer so you can't assume you had the test because you have cancer. Ask your doc about it and please never get a test without knowing why. If that is not what you meant with your question, please restate it. Best to you. ...Read more
Drink Fluids: Allergic reaction from gadolinium dye is extremely rare. However, if you experience symptoms such as rash, hives, or shortness of breath, you should notify the technologist immediately if you are still at the imaging facility, or call your doctor or go to the nearest hospital if you have already left the imaging facility. In addition drink plenty of fluids. ...Read more
Here are some ...: Why did you get CT scan for, pain somewhere or bloody urine? Was scrotal ultrasound ordered after seeing something in suspicion first? With the answers to these questions in mind, one can better detail your Hx in point, conduct physicals, and do additional tests as needed so to deduce reasonable Dx for proposing possible Rx options. So, go to ask and work with Doc timely and closely for the best. ...Read more
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