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Overview Brief

MRI of the orbits involves inspecting the areas of the orbits for finding the cause of the orbital diseases.

What is MRI Orbits with Contrast?

Magnetic resonance imaging is a non-invasive technique to view the internal structures of the orbital area. It does not involve X-rays to produce pictures. Magnetic waves replace the X-rays used in a CT scan. A contrast dye increases the image quality enclosing many intricate details. By using MRI, a radiologist can detect many optic diseases such as optic neuritis, vision loss, and tissue damage. This method is costly but more sensitive as compared to a CT scan. [1]

How is MRI Orbits with Contrast Performed?

The steps for the MRI scan are easy to follow

  • Make the patient lie down on a table in a still position.
  • The radiologist may place a coil near the orbital area.
  • The table advances into a magnetic field.
  • A computer takes different pictures from different positions.

It takes 20-25 minutes to scan the orbits. [2]

Side effects/Risks of MRI Orbits with Contrast

Certain risks posed are:

  • Patients having metal implants cannot undergo MRI.
  • Pregnant women should not undergo an MRI.
  • The contrast dye causes certain allergies in sensitive patients.
  • It may also cause vomiting, diarrhoea, and nausea.

Preparation Before Performing MRI Orbits with Contrast

Prior preparations may include the following:

  • Inform the radiologist of any medicine intake.
  • Eating and drinking are restricted before four hours of the test. [3]
  • Remove jewellery and other accessories.
  • Wear comfortable, loose clothes.

Post-care after MRI Orbits with Contrast

After the treatment, the care steps include:

  • Follow the doctor’s advice.
  • The patient can resume normal diet and activities.

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