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MRI neck is a kind of radiology that is performed to distinguish between normal, healthy and diseased tissues.

What is MRI Neck?

Your doctor will recommend you to get this type of radiology done for inspecting the tissues of your body. MRI involves the usage of a magnetic field. With the help of computer and radio waves, a detailed image of the neck is created. It is done to study the blood vessels traveling from your heart to your brain. It can also help in evaluating injuries to the spine and or bones. MRI of the neck is done so that the radiologist can see where blood is flowing in your brain.

How is MRI Neck performed?

MRI of the neck is performed just like other radiology or MRI tests:

  • The patient will be positioned in the scanning table with arms at their side.
  • The table will slide the patient’s body into the scanner.
  • As the radiologist takes the pictures, the patient may be asked to hold their breath.

This radiology does not take more than 45 minutes.

Side effects/risks of MRI Neck

This type of radiology does not include severe risks or side effects; however, it is important to highlight:

  • If dye is used, that may harm your kidneys.
  • If you have metal in your body, it may heat up and cause a burn.
  • Short-term hearing loss occurs in some patients.

Preparation before performing MRI Neck

Preparation before the radiology involves:

  • Do not wear or carry any jewelry or anything made of metal.
  • If you are claustrophobic, please inform your radiologist about the same.
  • Wear comfortable clothes.

Post-care after MRI Neck 

There are no restrictions after this radiology; however, you must keep in mind the following:

  • If you have been given a sedative, you cannot drive or travel alone in public transport.
  • Inform your doctor in case of any rashes, irritation or burns in the injected area. (for contrast)

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