Brain MRI is a test used to detect brain cysts, tumors, bleeding, swelling, developmental and structural abnormalities, infections, inflammatory conditions, or problems with the blood vessels.
A brain MRI captures multiple clear images of parts of the brain that can’t be seen with X-rays or Ultrasound making it valuable for diagnosing brain problems to create detailed pictures.
WHY MRI OF THE BRAIN?
Brain – CT is used when speed is important, as in trauma and stroke. MRI is best when the images need to be very detailed, looking for cancer, causes of dementia or neurological diseases, or looking at places where bone might interfere.
MRI PROCEDURE CHECKLIST
The patient will have to remove any metal including jewelry or accessories before the procedure. A person will be unable to have an MRI done if they have any metal or implant inside their body, such as bullets, shrapnel, or any other metallic foreign body.
FOOD & EATING
The patient will be required to fast for 4hrs with contrast while non-contrast required no fasting.
Patients will sometimes receive an injection of intravenous (IV) contrast liquid to improve the visibility of a particular tissue that is relevant to the scan. BLOOD TEST- Urea and Creatinine is required.
Children (1-24years) will be sedated during the MRI procedure. Adults who are nervous or claustrophobic will also be sedated (administering a sedative drug to produce a state of calm or sleep)
The test takes 20 to 90 minutes
POST – PROCEDURE
Films and CDs for the procedure will be available immediately.