This has been read, discussed, researched and yet people have been found (time and again) confused! Yes we are talking about MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Before detailed information about the MRI Scan Centre and the cost involved, we tell you what MRI is in a nutshell. MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. It is a noninvasive diagnostic procedure that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce a clear and detailed digital image of the human anatomy. By conducting an MRI scan, physicians can detect and identify a number of medical conditions in their early stages and therefore increase the likelihood of recovery. Now it is time to answer some of the frequently asked questions:
1. Is an MRI safe? Does it Discharge Radiation?
Yes, MRI scan is absolutely safe and it does not exude radiation. The magnet produces radiofrequency waves to scan the body part. Unlike CAT scans; this diagnostic imaging method does not involve any exposure to radiation. In fact, there are no known side effects related to MRI scans. However, because it does involve exposure to a strong magnetic field, patients with certain devices like pacemakers and other implants cannot get an MRI.
2. What Causes the Noise in the Scanner?
There is nothing dangerous about the scanner making noise. It is basically the electrical current rising within the wires of the gradient magnet which produces a noise. This is because of the reason that the current in the wires are opposing the main magnet field; the stronger the field the louder the gradient noise.
3. Can the Patient Talk While the MRI Scan is Going On?
You are required to stay still throughout the scan in the MRI Scan testbut you can still communicate with the technician as and when necessary. You may also ask any questions that you have regarding the procedure.
4. Does it Make People Claustrophobic?
This is something that needs prior attention and information sharing with the MRI Scan center. If you are prone to claustrophobia, make sure to inform your physician about the same well in advance. There are two kinds of MRI machines: open MRI machines and closed MRI machines. The closed unit completely envelopes the patient during the scan, while the open MRI machine is a large ring that patients pass through. For patients who suffer from anxiety in closed spaces, the open MRI unit is ideal.
5. Why is The Whole Body Put Under the Scan Even if The Scan is Only For The Head?
It is so because the area of the scanner that generates the images is located in the centre of the magnet. This is called the isocentre. Therefore, the scan is possible for your head only when the most of your upper body will be in the scanner. The same is applied when imaging the spine and upper extremities.
6. How Long Does it take Before Getting the Scan Results?
On completion of the exams, the images are sent to one of the radiologists, (doctors specializing in the evaluation of diagnostic images.) Once read, the radiologist will create a report that will be sent to your referring physician. The entire process usually takes 24-48 hours.
Lastly, the MRI Scan cost is something that everyone is aware of or want an exact detail for. The cost of MRI depends on the body organ which is to be examined. For instance the cost for a MRI hand or Foot (Rt) with Contrast is INR 11500. Similarly MRI whole spine would cost INR 16000.