Tuesday, September 7, 2010

MRI Test | Cost


MRI Test Introduction



  • Invented in 1977, the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanning device changed medical history forever. MRI scanners are special pieces of medical equipment that give doctors the ability to see inside the entire body and split it up into sections. This gives medical professionals a 2D or 3D view of the body. This also allows the doctors a greater ability to diagnose patients faster and easier, helping to save millions of lives since its introduction to the medical community.








  • The Process



  • For an MRI scan to work, the patient is placed on a table that slides into the bore, or hole in the center of the machine. Once the part that needs to be scanned is in the isocenter of the machine's magnetic field, the scan begins. Once the scan has been completed, the information is sent from the MRI scanner to a computer screen where the data is compiled and displayed.              




  • What is an MRI?
    MRI stand for Magnetic Resonance Imaging which is a technology that uses magnetic signals to show the different tissues inside the body allowing a digital image of inside the human body to be created. MRI's are primarily used to study nerves, muscles, ligaments, bones, and numerous other tissues in the body, primarily soft tissues. There are approximately 26,000,000 MRI procedures performed each year making this one of the more common imaging technologies used to view inside the body.
    What does an average MRI cost?
    MRI cost can range between $400 to $3,500 depending upon which MRI procuedure is performed (example: brain MRI vs. shoulder MRI) and where you have the MRI test performed. The same exact MRI test can vary by hundreds of dollars from testing facility to testing facility. That's why it is important that you shop around to make sure you're getting the best possible price. By spending a little time and shopping around your local hospitals and imaging centers you can save hundreds if not thousands of dollars. MRI costs are broken down into two areas:
    Technical Fees: this is the cost of the procedure and where there is a potential to save a considerable amount of money.
    Professional Fees: this is the fee associated with having the radiologist interpret the test result. 

    Why do MRIs cost so much?

    MRI's are expensive because of the price of the equipment. With the average MRI machine costing over $1 million dollars they have to charge enough per test to cover the expense of the machine. Now, that doesn't mean you can get a better price that what is published. Similar to the price of a new automobile, everyone knows that the "sticker price" is just an asking price. There's a nice mark-up included in that price and often if you ask the dealer to come off that price they will. MRI procedures are often no different. Most hospitals and imaging centers have a "sticker price" which are often on the high end. If you ask and work with most facilities they will often offer a substantial discount to individuals and insurance carriers due to the form of payment and the volume of procedures they pay for on an annual basis.
    MRI Costs Averages
    As noted above, MRI costs can vary by hundreds and possibly thousands of dollars so it's important that you shop around to get the best price. For example, listed below are some real examples or MRI procedure prices from around the United States.
    Testing Facility Location Test Type Average Cost
    Orlando, FL MRI $2,229
    Dallas, TX - MRI Testing Facility A MRI $3,624
    Dallas, TX - MRI Testing Facility B MRI $2,172
    San Diego, CA MRI $2,826
    Salt Lake City, UT MRI $1,694
    Detroit, MI MRI $3,461






    Magnet


  • The most important part of an MRI machine is the magnet. MRI machines can utilize three different kinds of magnets, resistive, superconductive, and permanent. However, superconductive magnets are the most popular. The magnets in MRI scanners can use their magnetic fields to emit radio waves powerful enough to affect the body's atoms.




  • How it Works



  • Once the magnet has been turned on it creates a magnetic field. This powerful magnetic field is strong enough to move and manipulate the nuclei of the hydrogen atoms in our body. As the atoms return to their places, they emit radio waves. These waves can then be picked up by the MRI machine. The MRI machine can then determine the type of tissue in the body being scanned by the type of radio waves being sent out from the nuclei. The stronger the radio waves, the closer that atom is to the surface of the body. This allows the machine to also create a three-dimensional picture of the body based off of where the nuclei are in the body. The result is a full picture of the body displaying all of its tissues.




  • How it's Used



  • Since the MRI machine can determine what types of tissues are sending out the radio waves, it can also tell when the tissue is something like a tumor, a blood clot, or really any irregularity. This allows the doctors to make a diagnosis and begin further testing or treatment.










  • 126 comments:

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    3. MRI Scan is a great technique to use in medical science.

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    4. I think MRI SCAN should not be so costly for the middle person is it right can you guide me cheap and best way to save poor.

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    8. one MRI SCAN proves the best probing the diseases.Brain is prime part of the body and sensational

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    9. can you help me ?I am searching a suitable hospital for MRI SCAN in India .

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    10. What is the best use of MRI in body ailments scanning?

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    11. How can we protect and examine a human diseased body through MRI Scan.

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    12. it works please send details.What is MRI brain scanning and how

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    13. What is use of knee MRI I am finding a suitable treatment but doctors told me first MRI.

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    14. I can arrange treatment for my brain?Can you define brain MRI properly so that

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    15. What is best use of MRI scan .while disease affects brain

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    16. Should we go to MRI expert before treatment in wound on head?

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    17. Can MRI scan whole body properly

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    18. MRI Scan Thanks for such good information .

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    19. Send me details of MRI SCAN MACHINE.

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    20. what cost and accessibility of scan?How Brain MRI Scan is possible ?

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    21. This is good one I am searching MRI Scan for Spine.

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    23. Danny as you know MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is the name given to a technique which builds up pictures of an internal cross-section of the part of the body under investigation.

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    24. An open MRI scan can diagnose brain disorders using radio waves and a powerful magnetic field.

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    25. Magnetic Resonance Imaging. (MRI, MR) ... image the brain and its blood vessels). Brain MRI is commonly used to ... kinds of MRI scan (called image sequences). Each sequence highlights different aspects of brain tissue, and may

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    26. Medical information on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) used in detecting structural abnormalities of the body. Learn uses, risks, and how to prepare for an MRI scan ... When are MRI scans used? An MRI scan can be used as an extremely accurate method ... Neurosurgeons use an MRI scan not only in defining brain anatomy

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    27. What is an MRI scan? MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a fairly new technique?

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    28. Types of MRI exams. MRI of the brain produces very detailed pictures of the brain ... abnormality seen on a CT scan. During the brain MRI please

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    29. a simulated brain database, generated using a powerful MRI simulator ... BrainWeb: Simulated Brain Database ... Currently, the SBD contains simulated brain MRI data based on two anatomical

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    30. My very own. interactive: run your mouse along the strip below. my head to move in and out. ... These pictures are from an NMR (MRI) scan of my brain, done as part of a friend's research into which regions of the brain are used in recognising patterns

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    31. We have latest MRI scan equipment (64 angles) on each medical center in nearby Malaysia's capital city. Our philosopy is "helping you make the right choice". We aim to provide information that is relevant, comprehensive and up to date so that you can make the right choice of healthcare services or provider in Malaysia.

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    32. Hello there – I was hoping that someone could calm me down and give me some advice. I had to have an MRI scan of my sinuses and base of skull yesterday (due to very uncomfortable feeling of blocked left nostril and pressure in mouth).

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    33. This week, B will undergo an MRI scan. I don’t know how common this is, how much it is ‘standard practice’ or whether many other diagnosed children have had brain scans.

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    34. I have recieved the results from the latest MRI scan to the head and the results have come back as "normal"

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    35. standar MRI scans have so far been unable to produce satisfactory images of nerve bundles.however, this is now possible using an MRI tecnique called Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI).

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    36. Using MRI, researchers may be able to predict on an individual basis which people who have mild cognitive impairment will go on to develop Alzheimer's disease

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    37. MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan is a painless process that detects even moment structural abnormalities in the human physique. As opposed to other strategies such as CT scans and x-rays, this present day scanning technique does not emit damaging radiations. MRI gives a distinct scanned photo of the certain entire body portion. Latest research display that almost 10 million men and women undergo MRI scanning method every single 12 months.

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    38. yes diva you are right that MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan is a painless method that detects even moment structural abnormalities in the human entire body.

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    39. MRI provides a distinct scanned image of the certain entire body portion. Recent reports show that practically ten million men and women undergo MRI scanning approach each and every year

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    40. MRI scan has turn into a advised health-related imaging approach for appropriate evaluation of different wellbeing situations

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    41. MRI scanning approach each and every year

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    42. MRI scan has turn into a advised health-related imaging approach for appropriate evaluation of different wellbeing situations. Issues affecting the spine, brain, joints, heart, and blood vessels can be simply examined through this strategy.

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    43. MRI is a radiation free, non-invasive and totally harmless diagnostic method. A mixture of magnetic and radio waves is used for this scanning approach

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    44. You can locate some of the MRI methods featuring big gantry opening that reduces the nervousness of the individuals to a wonderful extent. Spacious, open MRI suite is provided in selected amenities for the comfort of patients who are obese and claustrophobic. MRI utilizes devoted gear for scanning and speedy output of scanned pictures in minimal time.

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    45. Spacious, open MRI suite is presented in certain amenities for the comfort of individuals who are obese and claustrophobic. MRI utilizes focused equipment for scanning and quick output of scanned pictures inside minimal time.MRI scan is a painless treatment that is very advantageous, guaranteeing optimal benefits.

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    46. what is difference between PET SCAN AND MRI SCAN?

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    47. hI JANE your question on MRI scan is so accurate as for your information I want to tell you.

      Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of the breasts are so sensitive that they detect large numbers of non-cancerous tumors and lead to unnecessary breast removal surgeries, according to an editorial by surgeon Malcom Kell in the British Medical Journal.

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    48. hi tilak what is MRI machine performance?

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    49. what is full form of MRI?

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    50. All MRI scanners require investment in terms of physical space, running costs, maintenance and staffing. A dedicated breast scanner will require almost the same costs.

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    51. it aligns very easily with an external magnetic field, which allows for the MRI to scan your body much more efficiently. Gadolinium can be very deadly to humans as an ion

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    52. what is cost of MRI scan in Delhi hospitals?

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    53. hi doctor has suggested me to mri of my knee please suggest me

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    54. Really MRI scan has revolutionized the field of diagnostic medicine.

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    55. The biggest advantage of MRI scan is that it avoids exposure to harmful radiation, like X-Rays.

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    56. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses non-ionizing radiofrequency waves and a strong magnetic field rather than x-rays to provide remarkably clear and detailed pictures of internal organs and tissues.

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    57. Is it right 32 Channel Whole Body MRI?

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    58. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan uses radio waves with magnetic strength that is 10,000 to 30,000 times more than that of earth. This affects the body atoms, so that the atoms and their nuclei are forced to move in different directions.

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    59. cost of MRI depends upon body part to be examined.

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    60. Outpatient imaging centers quote a lesser price for MRI scan, as opposed to hospitals. You can also inquire for special discounts on the cost of MRI scan.

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    61. MRI scan cost with insurance is pretty less than the above mentioned cost. However, certain constraints in insurance plans such as high deductible plans, higher copays, and 'catastrophe-only coverage' might force you to pay more for your MRI scan.

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    62. I think UK is most expensive when it comes to MRI scan cost.

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    63. so according to world health information patients from UK seek an alternative by flying to countries like US or India, where they get better deals.

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    64. hi mihir,you want to know about MRI scan cost in UK. he approximate MRI cost for every individual organ in UK is as follows:

      * Body MRI scan (including spine, elbow, knee etc) - £200
      * Heart MRI scan - £415
      * Brain MRI scan - £200
      * Abdominal MRI scan - £200
      * Lung MRI scan - £330
      * Virtual colonoscop y - £550

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    65. YES your information is ok,India is the cheapest option for performing MRI scans.

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    66. The average cost of MRI scan in India is about Rs.4000 - Rs.7000.

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    67. Even though MRI scan costs are a bit on higher scale, there effectiveness and accuracy in diagnosis makes this cost worthwhile. Early diagnosis through MRI scan has saved several lives. After all, no cost is greater than your life!

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    68. MRI is a process of radiologic imaging that is used to diagnose internal bleeding, tumors and any blockages present in the entire limb of the human body.

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    69. MRI and MRA are both very simple diagnosis processes that may cost a lot, but do not require any preliminary preparation before the test.

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    70. HI rishu, As per answer of your questions of CAT AND MRI EXPENSES difference.
      The cost factor is another parameter when you consider the CT scan vs MRI debate. The cheaper test out of the two is the CAT scan, as it costs anything between $1,200 - $3,500. The disadvantage of the CAT scan though is that it is not performed at every hospital. On the other hand, an MRI is slightly more expensive, and it will cost around $1,5000 - $4,000. A glaring advantage of MRI's is that they can be performed easily at almost any hospital.

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    71. MRI machines can utilize three different kinds of magnets, resistive, superconductive, and permanent. However, superconductive magnets are the most popular.

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    72. An MRI is a sophisticated machine that combines the power of computer and a magnetic field to give sharp and clear images, thus providing an in depth analysis of any internal organ.

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    73. So MRI side effects (if any) are usually not worrisome

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    74. Does undergoing MRI scan produce side effects?

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    75. Experiencing fatigue after completion of MRI test is common?

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    76. Rarely, MRI side effects cause any serious damage to the body.

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    77. hi anuj, thanks for question
      This is one of the most common side effects of MRI. Patients often complain about headache after the procedure is complete. During this procedure, the MRI machine does make a lot of noise. This may not go too well with the patient and give rise to headache.

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    78. hi rekha
      Patients who have underwent 'MRI with contrast' procedure may suffer from nausea. However, the nauseating feeling will vanish soon and as such it is not a cause for worry.

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    79. hey rollet as you have confirmed about side effects of MRI SCAN. one of MRI side effect little Dizziness or lightheadedness can also occur as a consequence of MRI side effects. After the contrast medium is administered, the person may get a feeling, similar to vertigo. One may experience this feeling immediately or hours after the procedure is over.

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    80. People who have been advised to undergo MRI scan have to first lie on a table.

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    81. In rare cases, patients find it difficult to breathe after MRI scan procedure that involves introduction of contrast medium into the veins.

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    82. This is one of the minor MRI risks in which the redness is confined to a specific area. Few patients have suffered from swelling on the face and hands.

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    83. johny! I think you are right about it.
      Along with minor skin rash, development of blood clots is one of the uncommon MRI side effects.

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    84. In this case, the MRI contrast may irritate the blood vessels, which may lead to the formation of blood clots.

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    85. hello william, In the United States, the average MRI prices vary and can range from USD400 to more than USD2000, with a typical cost being somewhere around USD800.

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    86. In addition to the pricing being very different throughout a region, pricing is also affected by the MRI clinic that a person chooses to get an MRI scan from.

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    87. There are many factors that influence the MRI cost. The MRI's that are taken at a hospital are usually four to five times more expensive than independent imaging centers which only exclusively take radiographs.

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    88. As per your answer about working of MRI scanner. The MRI scanner is a giant cube, with a horizontal tube attached to it. The patient to be examined is made to lie on his back on this horizontal tube, and then, he is slowly slid into the machine. Whether the entire body of the individual will be sent in or just half of it, depends on which part of the body is to be examined. In case of brain MRI scan, sliding the upper torso of the patient inside the scanner would be enough for the diagnosis. As soon as the body part to be scanned reaches at the isocenter of the magnetic field, the scan begins.

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    89. There are several conditions which can have their ill effects on the brain and in order to make a study of the internal structures of the brain, an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan is the most efficient method

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    90. People who are not considered as suitable candidates for a brain MRI scan or any other MRI scan for that matter, are those with objects such as internal (implanted) defibrillator or pacemaker, cochlear implants and brain aneurysm clips.

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    91. If the patient is insured, then he/she would have to get the proceedings of the scan approved by the insurance company. In case the patient is not insured, then he/she may have to look up the prices before going for an MRI scan

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    92. As far as the brain MRI scan cost is concerned, there are several websites which you can get help from. It is also thoughtful to find out if any of your relatives or friends have come across a brain MRI scan. This would also help you to get some genuine and helpful information.

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    93. MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) gives a clear picture of the damage or disease of the brain which cannot be identified by CT scan, x-ray or ultrasound. The scan result shows the brain-stem, posterior brain, nerve tissues and more without obstruction.

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    94. The coming of open MRI which uses powerful magnetic field and radio waves has made it possible to map the complete brain in 3-D cross section with greater imaging depth for correct diagnosis and treatment.

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    95. ah..Open MRI has become very common for diagnosis of the brain and it is available at all leading health centers, hospitals and clinics. Physicians recommend the scan for patients of all age groups as it is extremely safe, non-invasive and free from radiation

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    96. what is Neurological MRI ?

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    97. Neurological MRI is helpful in detecting any kind of neurological disorder.

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    98. Neurological MRI is a radiation free, painless and non-invasive procedure that can be carried out with minimum hassles to patients.

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    99. The AIRIS II MRI scanners are a new development in this specialty. With its patient-friendly design, these scanners greatly reduce the discomforts experienced by children, claustrophobic, physically disabled and obese people who have to undergo MRI. An AIRIS II MRI scanner is open on all sides and allows the patients to be examined in a completely relaxed and comfortable position

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    100. ArePhysicians depend mostly on MRI scans for getting precise scanning results that will help them decide on the most effective treatment?

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    101. The magnetic and radio waves used in this system produce clear and detailed scanned images. When the patient is placed under the MRI machine, the protons of the particular area to be scanned will become capable of receiving and transmitting electromagnetic energy.

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    102. yes physicians are mostly dependent upon MRI for best results.

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    103. For what purpose neurological MRI is done?

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    104. MRI equipment for neurological purposes is recommended for the examination of major neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, brain tumors.

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    105. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has revolutionized medical diagnostic procedures and saved many lives, since its arrival as a high tech diagnostic tool in 1973.

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    106. MRI with contrast can give better images in certain cases, when the doctor needs more accurate and detailed images of certain body parts and tissues. If one compares, MRI with contrast and MRI without contrast, then the later is non-invasive, while MRI with contrast is an invasive procedure.

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    107. MRI with contrast agents is used for better imaging of cancerous tumors for precision surgery.

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    108. Structural abnormalities in various internal parts of the body are made more visible through an MRI scan, which can help doctors in coming up with a better and more accurate diagnosis.

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    109. Magnifying and visualizing blood vessels to detect abnormalities, is often a reason for ordering MRI scans.

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    110. Brain MRI with contrast agents, is often used before and after neurosurgery procedures for diagnosis, as well as treatment evaluation. The major diseases which necessitate brain MRI with contrast agents are cancerous brain tumors, meningeal disease, CNS infections and inflammatory diseases.

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    111. Diagnosis of spinal problems necessitates an MRI with contrasting agents.

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    112. Abnormalities in the gastrointestinal tract are also probed by using MRI with contrasting agents, administered orally?

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    113. Use of MRI with contrast agents is an established procedure now. Depending upon the area which is being highlighted, different types of MRI contrasting agents are used.

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    114. I want to MRI of my shoulders advice me please?

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    115. yes you can do because MRI to Detect Shoulder Abnormalities

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    116. While undergoing MRI scanning, it is important that the patient is kept in a comfortable position, because even minor movements can affect the scanned images. Patients are not required to take medications when undergoing MRI scanning

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    117. MRI to detect shoulder abnormalities would be an ideal procedure if you have suffered a serious shoulder injury. With the help of scan reports, your physician can have a better knowledge regarding the injury and plan ideal treatment procedures based on precise analysis without delay.

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    118. MRI is a safe non-invasive procedure that is free from ionizing radiations.

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    119. Due to the presence of magnetic fields, patients with metal implants such as aneurysm clips, pacemakers or other electromagnetic devices are not advised to undergo MRI.

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    120. Patients are not required to take medications when undergoing MRI scanning.

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    121. The impact of the new research that shows that it is in fact neuron activity and not some other explanation will be tremendous in future research using functional MRI technologies

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    122. MRI provides a clear scanned picture of the particular body part. Recent studies show that nearly ten million people undergo MRI scanning process every year.

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    123. MRI scan has become a recommended medical imaging process for proper evaluation of various health conditions. Problems affecting the spine, brain, joints, heart, and blood vessels can be easily examined through this method.

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    124. MRI is a radiation free, non-invasive and totally harmless diagnostic procedure. A combination of magnetic and radio waves is utilized for this scanning process.

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    125. You can find some of the MRI systems featuring large gantry opening that reduces the anxiety of the patients to a great extent.

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    126. In the recent era, MRI scan is a normal thing and therefore its cost is economic...

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