Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI scans use magnetic waves to image the various focal areas of the body.
An MRI Scan – an acronym for a Magnetic Resonance Imaging Scan – is a Test process where powerful and controlled magnetic fields, radio waves and computer technology combine to produced highly detailed pictures of the inside of the human body. Since an MRI Scan is usually done on the brain, the procedure or Test is sometimes also simply called a Brain MRI or Cranial MRI. An MRI Scan differs from a CT Scan or X-Ray in that it doesn’t involve the ionizing radiation of X-rays, which is known to sometimes leave behind harmful effects over the long term. The biggest advantage that an MRI Scan has (over, say, the CT Scan or Tomography Scan) is that it produces 3D images instead of 2D images through 3D reconstruction is available now for CT scan also. The extra ‘vision’ and ‘understanding’ this additional dimension of depth offers is invaluable for medical purposes – be it diagnosis or treatment. This makes an MRI Scan highly effective (and unmatched) when it comes to analyzing small structures of the brain, such as, for example, brain stem or the pituitary gland. An MRI Scan usually doesn’t have any risks associated with it.
Cost for MRI Scan
MRI Scan costs depend on various factors such as the consumables, number of films, time involved. Please search below to find the cost and details for your MRI tests. Please note: If your doctor's prescription specifically mentions "CEMRI" or "Contrast", it implies that your require Contrast Enhanced MRI Scan / MRI Scan with Contrast. Such a scan may require additionally preparation and a Creatinine test, before MRI contrast is administered.
What is an MRI Scan with Contrast?
While an MRI Scan will generate clear images of ‘dense organs and structures’ (ie, those with a high density), substances with a low density can turn out hazy and hard to detect. To make the latter more clearly visible, the patient may be administered a special ‘dye’ - technically referred to as a ‘Contrast Material’ - via injection (done to make the liver, gall bladder, urinary tract or blood vessels stand out sharper in the Scan results), orally (to enhance images of the digestive tract) or via Enema (this refers to instances when greater clarity is required for the intestines, and the Contrast Material is inserted through the rectum). To help the kidneys remove the Contrast Material after the procedure is over, one may be advised to drink a lot of fluid.
MRI Appointments, Duration & Waiting
MRI Scans at House of Diagnostics are offered on a first come-first serve basis. Often, as the factors listed below may change from one study to the next, getting a MRI scan often involves a waiting time, as the exact length of your procedure and that of the patients before you, often also depends on the patient's conditions and cooperation.
If your question is how long an MRI should take, please note that several factors can together determine the time required for MRI Scan.
- Procedure: Depending on procedure, MRI Scan time may vary - a routine MRI Brian should typically be completed in less than 15 minutes, where as a MRI Multiparametric Prostate Contrast tmay require over 60 minutes of MRI planning and sequences.
- Patient Movement: If a patient is unable to lie straight and moves during the MRI procedure and moves during the prcedure, it may warrant for restart in partial sequences which could cause the time for the MRI to be extended from, say 15 minutes to even 40 minutes.
- Patient-Specific Detailing: Frequently, if findings in the study require additional detailing, the technician in charge may observe and conduct a few additional minutes of detailing to better help the doctors detail the findings of the case.