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Lesser-Known Facts About Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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Magnetic resonance imaging, also called MRI, is a diagnostic imaging test that generates images of your internal organs, blood vessels, ligaments, muscles, and bones. The MRI machine produces detailed images without the use of ionizing radiation, which is typically used in traditional X-rays. Instead, MRI technology utilizes energy created by radio waves and magnetic fields. While you may be familiar with certain aspects of an MRI test, such as the thumping or banging sounds created in the scanner, you may unfamiliar with some of these lesser-known facts of magnetic resonance imaging. 

The More The Merrier

While most people are not allowed to have anyone else in the room while undergoing medical procedures, those undergoing magnetic resonance imaging tests may be allowed to have someone stay with them during the procedure.

Because certain people may become anxious or claustrophobic as a result of laying inside the scanner tube, medical personnel allow them to have someone with them at all times during their MRI procedures. Knowing that a trusted family member or friend is in the room with you can be a tremendous help if you start to feel anxious or uneasy. To further enhance the environment during your MRI, you can listen to your favorite music in the MRI scanner. 

Contrast Dye

Because magnetic resonance imaging is considered an X-ray, many people believe that the procedure is similar to getting a traditional X-ray of a broken bone, which requires no preparation and takes only a short time. The truth of the matter is that before your MRI test begins, you will be given a special dye through an intravenous line known as contrast dye. This material helps enhance the clarity of the images so that the radiologist can see them better.

When image clarity is sharp and clear, it helps the physician make a more accurate diagnosis which results in a more appropriate treatment plan. While contrast dyes are typically well-tolerated, some people can have mild reactions. If you ever experienced a reaction from a contrast dye during a previous imaging test, tell your doctor.

If your physician recommends magnetic resonance imaging, consider the above facts. When you are well informed about an upcoming medical procedure, you will know what to expect before, during, and after your test. This not only helps you as a patient, but it also helps the medical staff when patients are well-informed, calm, and cooperative during procedures.

Contact a local doctor to learn more about MRI scans.