MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) examination is an examination by taking detailed pictures of organs from various angles using magnetic fields and radio waves. MRI is safe to be used for pregnant women and children. This method can produce clearer images of organs, including for examination of tumors.
The advantages of using MRI include the high image detail for soft tissue imaging that does not pose a risk of radiation impact and that the resulting image facilitates diagnostic information. MRI examination can help diagnose health conditions in the chest, abdomen, or pelvis.
The doctor will use MRI to help diagnose or see the progress of the treatment. MRI can see various diseases such as tumors in the chest, abdomen, or pelvis; diseases of the liver (cirrhosis, irregularities in the pancreas); swelling such as Crohn’s disease, heart diseases such as congenital heart disease, vascular abnormalities or swelling, and various other diseases.
MRI examination preparation
Although MRI is safe to use, make sure you explain each of your health conditions to your doctor; including surgeries that you have had, are allergic to, or the possibility of you getting pregnant with your Radiology Specialist. The Radiology Specialist may give rules about food and drink before an MRI examination is carried out. In addition, you will be recommended drugs that need to be stopped for a while. Deliver all your routine medicines to your Radiology Specialist. Do not wear any jewelry during MRI examinations and wear comfortable clothes because you will be asked to wear special radiology clothing. If you have anxiety or trauma to a narrow space, tell your Radiology Specialist.
MRI Examination Procedure
This examination can be performed on both inpatients and outpatients. The patient will be positioned on a removable examination table. Then, the patient will put a strap on the patient’s body as a safety to help the patient remain silent while certain body parts are being examined. In some cases, patients may be given a contrast fluid by injection or infusion in the hand or arm.
After the examination is done, the radiology team will ask the patient to wait while the radiology team examines the MRI results and ensures that no more radiological images are needed. The duration of an MRI examination depends on the type and purpose of the MRI examination. However, MRI examinations can generally take around 30 to 50 minutes.