If you have seen a GP or a Consultant who has advised you should have an MRI Scan, you may wonder what this involves so read on to find out more.
How is an MRI Scan Different from an X-Ray?
An X-Ray uses radiation to take a picture of the inside of a body. This is often more readily available than an MRI Scan and can quickly diagnose an injury or mass. An MRI Scan offers a far more detailed view of tissue and organs so is ideal for looking at the brain.
What is an MRI Scan?
MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. This is a type of scan that uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to take pictures of the spine or brain. The technology helps distinguish between different tissues so the result is a detailed picture that a Consultant can use to diagnose a range of conditions.
Who Can have an MRI Scan?
The NHS states that Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is very safe and most people are able to have the procedure. However, in some instances, an MRI scan may not be recommended. You can find out more information here.
What Happens During an MRI Scan?
The scan does not hurt at all as you will lie still on a bed that moves into the scanner. The Radiographer will explain the process but will move to a different room to operate the scanner. They will talk to you through the inbuilt intercom and at times it will make a loud tapping noise as the electric current is turned on and off.
The whole process takes less than an hour and a half. Afterwards, your Consultant will be provided with the images so they can make an accurate diagnosis.
What Happens After the MRI Scan?
The scan is usually carried out during a day clinic so you won’t need to stay in hospital unless you are already an inpatient. You can carry on as normal afterwards unless advised otherwise or you have had a sedative.
Your Radiologist or Consultant will review the scan and discuss with colleagues to agree on the diagnosis and treatment plan. Your GP or Consultant will then discuss the results with you, usually 2-3 weeks later.
Dr Paviour’s Approach
Dr Paviour uses the latest technology to diagnose and find treatment for neurological conditions. He will discuss your symptoms and medical history during your private consultation as well as carry out a physical examination and relevant tests. These might include blood tests, imaging of the nervous system (MRI Scan or CT Scan) and electrical testing of nerves and muscles (EMG) or brain function (EEG).
Dr Paviour is highly rated as a neurologist in London, not only by his peers but most importantly, by his patients. Feel free to contact us so we can discuss any symptoms and how Dr Paviour can help.