MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) chest with contrast is a medical procedure that uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and contrast agents to create detailed images of the chest.
What is MRI chest with contrast?
MRI chest with contrast is a type of noninvasive imaging test done to examine the chest.
MRI chest with contrast is performed to examine and detect cancers and tumors in their earliest stages of formation, heart diseases, and injuries that are affecting your chest area.
The contrast agents used in MRI chest with contrast test do not iodine and is a safer alternative to CT scan.
How is MRI whole body performed?
The procedure for the MRI chest with contrast is as follows:
- The patient has to lie on the table, which will slide into the MRI scanner.
- If contrast dye is used, it will be injected through a vein (IV) in the patient’s forearm or hand before the test.
- The technologist will control the movement of the MRI scanner with the help of a remote control.
- The MRI machine will make loud noises; this is absolutely normal.
The whole procedure lasts about 30 to 90 minutes.
Side effects/risks of MRI chest with contrast performed
Some of the risk factors associated with MRI of the chest with contrast are as follows:
- Noise from the MRI machine often causes hearing issues.
- Patients may have allergic reaction to metals
- Patients may have allergic reaction to contrast dye.
- People suffering from claustrophobia might feel uncomfortable inside the MRI machine.
Preparation before performing MRI chest with contrast
Keep the following things in mind before performing MRI chest with contrast:
- Stop eating and drinking 6 hours prior to the test.
- Remove metal objects and jewelry.
- Tell your healthcare provider if you have claustrophobia or any metal implants.
- Inform them if you have worked in the metal industry in the past.
Post-care after MRI chest with contrast
Once the test is over, you may follow your daily schedule activities and wait for the report. If you have any queries or concerns, you can consult our top specialists on mfine.
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