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About Abdominal MRI Scans

by | Nov 19, 2020 | MRI

Modern medical technologies are incredible because they are non-invasive. Through powerful imaging techniques, diagnostic procedures can be done quickly and effectively to discover anomalies or issues with various body parts. Compared to the past guesswork done regarding medical issues, these new-age ways to diagnose can help provide accurate treatment methods for patients. 

In today’s hospitals, you have many machines available for use, starting from CT scan machines to MRI scanners and more. Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, is a popular way to conduct bodily scans to discover abnormalities or ailments in people. Using a powerful magnet that throws radio waves across the body allows professionals to obtain quality cross-sectional images of a patient’s internal workings. 

 

MRI Scanner Benefits

The best part about these machines is that soft tissues are visible without bones like a person’s ribs blocking the view. As x-ray scans are meant to show bones, it is more difficult to view other aspects, such as organs and blood vessels. MRI parts utilize magnetic forces and have no radiation involved, unlike CT scans or x-rays, so they are considered a safer alternative. 

With an unobstructed view of the internal organs and the vascular system’s inner workings, detecting anything that looks out of the ordinary is almost instantly. Assuming that the machine has had proper maintenance done and the MRI parts are in good shape, it ensures the system’s accuracy.

 

When Is an MRI Scan Performed?

An MRI scan is typically performed when earlier testing from x-rays, CT scans, or blood tests have shown abnormal results. When medical professionals suspect that things aren’t functioning normally in the body, doctors may suggest a scan in the abdominal area undiagnosable by a physical examination. The scan will typically examine blood flow through the vessels, investigate irregular pains or swelling, and view lymph nodes. 

 

Are There Any Risks With MRI Usage?

MRIs have no documented side effects, as radio waves that the magnetic system emits are deemed to be safe up to this day. However, it is a must that people who have metal implants or have metal fragments from injuries consult with doctors before undergoing a scan. Sometimes, people who have worked in the metal industry can be at risk, so having an analysis by a professional will ensure the best safety.

Patients struggling with claustrophobia will likely be administered medications or sedatives so they can feel more calm and comfortable before the scan. 

 

Preparing for an MRI 

MRI parts include a strong magnet, which will attract specific kinds of metals. Ensure that the doctor knows about any artificial heart valves, screws, plates, staples, or stents before proceeding with the scan. Pacemakers might also be at risk, which is why medical professionals suggest that a different examination machine is used, such as a CT scan. However, it is possible to reprogram modern variants of pacemakers before having an MRI scan so that the examination does not disrupt their operation. 

Some instances will require the use of dyes to highlight areas of interest. While allergies to the dye are rare, it helps to alert doctors about any allergy histories. 

 

After the MRI

Nothing physically changes after an MRI exam, which means that it is safe to drive home and continue doing daily activities. Typically, the doctor will send a notification when the results have come out, which will then be followed by a set appointment to discuss the results. More urgent meetings will be scheduled if there are any anomalies found by the MRI scan. The threat of diseases worsening is why it is imperative to report any odd sensations to a doctor immediately to avoid mishaps.  

 

Conclusion

Modern medicine has come a long way, and the way technology has further boosted the capabilities for health and wellbeing is incredible. With MRI scanners, viewing human internals has never been easier, and its well-reported safety makes it at the top of its class. 

DirectMed Parts is a source for high-quality MRI parts in the United States for various scanner brands like Toshiba, GE, Siemens, and many others. Keep your machine in good condition by investing in the best parts, and enjoy proper scanning procedures as a result. Contact us to know more about our parts selection and how we can help with MRI repairs. 

 

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