MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) chest is a medical imaging technique which creates pictures of the chest.
What is MRI chest?
MRI chest is a noninvasive imaging test that uses strong magnetic field and radio waves to scan
the chest area for abnormalities. MRI chest does not use radiation (x-rays) and is a safer alternative for CT scan, especially for pregnant women. MRI chest is done to detect cancers and tumors, heart diseases, and injuries that are affecting your chest area.
How is MRI chest performed?
Following is the procedure for the MRI chest test:
- You will have to lie on your back on the table. The table will slide in the MRI scanner.
- The technologist will control the movement of the MRI scanner with the help of remote control.
- The MRI machine will make certain loud noises which are normal.
The test often takes about 30 to 60 minutes.
Side effects/risks of MRI chest performed
Following are some of the risk factors associated with MRI chest:
- Noise from the MRI machine often causes hearing issues.
- An allergic reaction to metals which is very rare.
- If you’re afraid of closed spaces (claustrophobia), you will feel uncomfortable in the MRI scanner.
Preparation before performing MRI chest
Keep the following things in mind before performing MRI chest:
- Metal objects are not allowed. So, remove all the metal objects and jewelry.
- Inform the doctors if the patient has claustrophobia.
- Inform your healthcare provider if you have any metal implants or have worked in the metal industry before.
Post-care after MRI chest
Results can take up to a week or more. So, you may follow your normal routine after the test. In case of any queries and concerns, you can book an appointment with our top specialists on mfine.
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