MRI of the Head/Brain/Neck
A head/brain/neck MRI produces detailed images of the organs, soft tissues, and bones within the head and neck region. It is effectively used for many reasons including detecting growths, infections, abnormalities of the eye or ear, congenital anomalies, abnormal bleeding, fluid build-up, certain medical conditions, vascular problems, and glandular disorders.
Detailed images of your brain and the surrounding tissues are generated in order to make a diagnosis and recommend the best treatment for your condition. In the case of migraines, cluster, or tension headaches, MRI can help rule out other medical conditions that may cause your symptoms.
MRI uses radio waves and a strong magnetic field rather than x-rays, so there is no radiation involved.
Your MRI exam may or may not require an injection of contrast material called gadolinium. Patients are much less likely to be allergic to gadolinium contrast than to iodine contrast.
If the contrast agent is used, a technologist will insert an intravenous catheter (IV line) into a vein in your hand or arm. The contrast material will be injected into the IV line after an initial series of scans, then more images are taken.
Our wide-bore scanners allow for your comfort and calm. You will be placed into the magnet of the MRI unit. The technologist will perform the exam while working at a computer outside of the room and will be in contact with you throughout the exam.
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