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MRI orbit refers to the Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the orbit also known as the eye cavity.

What is MRI Orbit3?

MRI orbit is an imaging procedure that is used to scan the orbit or the eye socket for the cause of an abnormality.

The MRI of the orbit helps us discern the location and extent of damage in the orbital cavity. The MRI of the orbit creates high-quality, detailed cross-section images of the orbit. The MRI orbit helps determine the extent of the disease, narrows down the location and detects involved orbital compartments. Thus, orbit MRI facilitates the diagnosis and helps plan an appropriate approach.

The following section discusses the steps involved in an orbit MRI.

How is an MRI Orbit performed?

MRI orbit is a simple procedure and following are the steps involved2:

  • If the procedure is a contrast MRI orbit you may be given a contrast called gadolinium.
  • The radiologist will ask you to lie on the MRI table and you will be asked to stay very still.
  • You will be moved through the MRI machine.
  • You may be asked to wait after the first round of imaging in case additional images are needed. After this, your IV line with contrast will be removed (if there was any).

The whole procedure can take a maximum of 45 minutes.

Side effects of MRI Orbit1

Since the MRI Orbit procedure doesn’t involve the use of radiation or contrast with iodine there aren’t any side-effects associated with the procedure. Still, it is advised to contact your doctor if you feel abnormal.

Preparation before performing MRI Orbit

Following are the steps prescribed before getting an MRI Orbit done2:

  • Before the MRI orbit, talk to your doctor or technician and tell them about any health complications, or allergies to contrast materials; especially gadolinium medications.
  • Remove all metal accessories and piercings from your body before the MRI orbit.
  • Inform your doctor or radiologist about any implants you have.
  • Claustrophobic patients should inform their doctor before the test so that they can be given relaxants before the MRI Orbit.

Post-care after MRI Orbit

You may resume your daily activities after the MRI orbit procedure because the procedure doesn’t generally require any post care. Inform your doctor however if any abnormality arises.

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