When it comes to providing medical imaging and working with patients we have made commitments to providing an exceptionally comprehensive experience while getting exceptional images.
A MRI of the brain will produce clearer and better diagnostic images when compared to other modalities such as Ultrasound, X-ray, CT scan. An MRI of the brain can be helpful in evaluating symptoms that a patient may be experiencing such as vertigo, persistent headaches, seizures, or difficulty seeing. What’s great about MRI’s is that they require no radiation, they are safe, and provide excellent images.
MRI is especially useful for diagnosing abnormalities such as tumors, hemorrhaging within the brain, and finding problems with the pituitary gland. Since MRI is noninvasive it will allow your doctor to see diseases or injuries without having to do surgery. It also allows your Doctor to recommend the best treatment for your condition.
Brain MRI Reasons:
- Aneurysm of the cerebral vessels
- Diseases of the eye and inner ear
- Vertigo or problems with the Inner ear
- Trauma to the head
- Recent Stroke or Seizure
- Developmental anomalies
- Fainting or lightheadedness
- Problems with the pituitary gland (hormones)
- Spreading infection or inflammation of the brain
- Hereditary diseases
- Blood Clots
What Areas Of The Brain Does An MRI Show:
- Brainstem: At the base of the brain which is responsible for regulating the heartbeat, blood pressure, respiration, the body’s sleep cycle, and central nervous system.
- Cerebellum: At the back of the brain which is responsible for posture, balance, standing, coordinating movement of the body, and other motor functions of the body.
- Cerebrum: Consists of the four Lobes of the brain and is responsible for speech, smelling, problem-solving, emotions, vision, touch, and other senses.
- Four Lobes: Frontal, Parietal, Temporal, and Occipital.
- Pituitary Gland: Responsible for hormones, metabolism, growth, reproduction, and more.
- Blood Vessels: MRA which is a type of MRI that looks at blood vessels within the brain to look for blood clots, hemorrhaging, and stenosis (narrowing) within the vessels.
How We Work?
Our technologists will provide the best experience possible by ensuring you are comfortable and prepared for your examination. They will be with you every step of the way while getting the diagnostic images you and your doctor need.
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During The MRI Scan
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Our MRI machine has an open design to make patients as comfortable as possible. Our technologists are experienced and caring and will talk you through the exam and make sure you are as comfortable as possible. We can also provide headphones and you always have the option to hit a a call button if you need anything.
MRI’s can take between 15 to 25 minutes depending on the area being scanned and based on the number of images being taken. When you schedule with us we can inform you of how long your scan will take.
An IV is only needed if the MRI is ordered with an IV contrast which is needed if the radiologist recommends it or if there is a clinical indication for it. Otherwise the only other time is if a patient is getting an IV sedation because of anxiety with an MRI Scan.
Before your MRI appointment, you can follow your daily routine and meal plan as normal and take prescribed medication. Make sure all metal is removed from the body. This includes piercing, jewelry, etc. The MRI technologist will show you to a private changing room that contains a secure locker so you personal belongings are kept safe. You will be given a pair of shorts and a tee shirt so that you will be covered and comfortable.
In most cases patients with metal implants such as hip or knee replacements can get an MRI. However, if a patient has metal clips or a pacemaker then they can’t receive an MRI. Our team will be sure to evaluate you before your MRI and you can always give us a call if you have questions.
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Please feel welcome to contact our friendly reception staff with any general or medical enquiry. Our doctors will receive or return any urgent calls.