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Overview Brief

Do you need to get an MRI Left Thumb done? This article will tell you everything you need to know.

What is MRI Left Thumb?

An MRI Left Thumb is a medical imaging procedure that employs strong magnetic and radio waves to create detailed images of the left thumb and identify any disorders.

In an MRI Left Thumb, the MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) machine is employed to generate images of the left thumb, termed as ‘slices’. These slices together help determine any fractures, injuries, inflammations or tumors. In some cases, a contrast material may be injected for better-quality images [1]. The test is radiation-free and minimally invasive and is thus a preferred method of imaging.

How is MRI Left Thumb Performed?

MRI Left Thumb is performed in a designated MRI room.

  • The patient lies on the examination table and the contrast dye if any is injected.
  • The table enters the MRI machine, which starts scanning the thumb.
  • The physician monitors the process from a separate control room.
  • The patient is required to lie still throughout the procedure.
  • The images generated may be printed or stored electronically [2].

Side effects/ risks of MRI Left Thumb

While MRI Left Thumb is a highly safe procedure for all patients, potential side effects include

  • Allergic reactions to the contrast chemical.
  • Potential harm to pregnant women.
  • Adverse effect on patients with pacemakers or kidney disease.

Preparations before performing MRI Left Thumb

The following preparations will help ensure that MRI Left Thumb goes smoothly.

  • The patient may be given a mild sedative before the test if he or she is prone to claustrophobia.
  • A hospital gown needs to be worn [2].
  • Patients need to remove any jewelry or metallic objects before entering the scanner.

Post-care after MRI Left Thumb

No special post-care is needed after MRI Left Thumb – the patient may resume normal activities and diet afterward. The radiologist will share the test results within a few days.

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