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Overview Brief

In order to study the innumerable biochemical reactions taking place in the central nervous system, a doctor uses MR spectroscopy.

What is MR Spectroscopy?

Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy is a radiation-free analysis of brain diseases. It uses a high magnetic field strength to produce images of cells, tissues, body fluids. It can detect the presence of tumours, metabolic diseases, and brain injuries. In this method, a comparison of the chemical composition of a normally functioning and an abnormally functioning brain. Magnetic resonance spectroscopy has helped a lot in treating the central nervous system diseases and planning various surgeries. MR spectroscopy is important in determining the changes in the brain tissues during seizures and strokes.

How is MR Spectroscopy Performed?

Magnetic resonance spectroscopy takes place in an MRI scanner in the following steps:

  • The patient lies down on a bed with his head resting comfortably.
  • The radiologist places a coil around the area under examination.
  • It produces a clear picture of the concerned area.
  • After the proper positioning and placement, the table moves enters a magnetic field.
  • Sometimes, the doctor gives a contrast dye to enhance the picture quality.

It takes a significant amount to complete the scan through magnetic resonance.

Side Effects/Risks of MR Spectroscopy

The risks associated are:

  • The contrast may cause allergic reactions if the patient is sensitive.
  • It may also cause diarrhoea, vomiting, and nausea.
  • Inform the doctor of medicine intake.
  • Avoid test in pregnancy.

Preparation Before performing MR Spectroscopy

Before the test, the patient should keep in mind the following:

  • Do not wear any jewellery or accessory.
  • Do not take caffeine beverages.
  • Wear loose clothes.
  • Follow the doctor for food and water consumption.

Post-care after MR Spectroscopy

After the test, a patient gets a discharge the same day.

  • Follow the instructions of the doctor.

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