What is an MRI Scan?
The MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan always reminds us of the big machine with a dark hole wherein one must pass through, lying on a table, wondering where the noises are coming from and what is happening to the body. MRI is a non-invasive (no operation) imaging technology which produces some beautiful three-dimensional anatomical images. Unlike an X- ray or CT scan there are no damaging radiations in an MRI scan, and thus it is not harmful to the body. Magnetic and radio waves are used to generate these MRI scans.
Decades later, almost everyone is aware of MRI. The story goes as such – The ‘Indomitable’ made by a scientist and physician Dr. Raymond Damadian, with the help of some graduate students, was thought to be a failed invention with years wasted behind it. He toiled to produce a machine that could non-invasively scan the body with the use of magnets. When volunteered by a student to be in this contraption, the first MRI scan was performed on a human being on July 3, 1977. It took 5 hours to produce the image from that original machine named ‘Indomitable’ and today the scanners take a fraction of the time to provide crisp images!
The pretty pictures:
MRI images are pictures of the organs and structures of the human body. MRI scans can show bones, tissues, muscles, and nerves in great detail. Professionals then study the MRI scan images to identify the defects оr injuries іn the bоdу and dіаgnоѕе thе dіѕеаѕеѕ. A detailed report will be provided by the radiologist which is used by a specialist to plan treatment. It is important to note that the images can appear slightly different compared to conventional closed/tunnel scanners due to the different magnet and open technology, but a GMC Registered and qualified radiologist will review the images and produce a report only after he is assured that the images are diagnostic.
Advantages of an MRI Scan:
MRI has some advantages over regular X-rays and CT scans because it can reveal the inner working of the human body in much better detail. An old-fashioned MRI scanning involves lying in a small torpedo tube about 70 cm long for a half an hour or 25 minutes. It can be quite a scary experience, due to which many of the patients every day in the hospital for MRI scan will ask to get out of the MRI machine before doctors have even had time to take their scan. In addition to that, the device produces loud clicking and rotating sounds making the experience more disorienting and unpleasant
It is that in the conventional closed MRI scanners, about 10% of the referred patients in hospitals are unable to receive the scan mainly because of anxiety and claustrophobia. Some other researchers have shown that one in six patients suffer from these panic attacks and claustrophobia in the MRI machines. The scanner at the Bromsgrove Private clinic is a technologically advanced device which is OPEN and does not involve lying in a closed tunnel. These advantages of a detailed report within a short span of time and no harmful side effects have made MRI scans an important part of medical diagnosis.
The magnetic field in an MRI scanner attracts metal objects; hence MRI scans are not suitable for patients with metal implant іn thеіr bоdу It includes patients with metal rоdѕ and pins in thеіr bоnеѕ, расеmаkеr, metal prosthetic valves in the heart or a metallic body in their ear or eye. Before the scan, patients are strictly advised to remove all the metal accessories from their body and clothing.
Time taken to do an MRI Scan:
An MRI scan does not take long. It does not require an overnight stay in the hospital and can be done in a very ѕhоrt whіlе. Nо аnеѕthеѕіа is rеquіrеd fоr the scan, although some patients are given mild medications or sedation to ensure they are relaxed in case it requires a long time. Patients can perform their normal activities after the scan is over.
How is the scan done?
During the scan, patients lie on a table that slides into the MRI scanner. The technician stands behind the window in another room and can hear the test being performed.
Cost of the MRI Scan:
An MRI scan can cost anywhere between £800 to £1500 depending on the requirement of details. An MRI scanner is more expensive than an X- ray or CT scanner and entails high expenses for its upkeep. At the Bromsgrove Private Clinic, we have an introductory rate of £300 for 1 part scan for a limited period of time. Please call the clinic for more inquiries.
Technology is developing rapidly; the top medical news is that, soon MRI ‘5-minute’ scan would be able to check children’s brain development. Also, new research using MRI shows that childhood stress such as emotional neglect or abuse can lead to structural brain changes. MRI has also proved to be better than mammography for early detection of hereditary breast cancers in the population at risk.
Even though MRI scan costs аrе a bit on hіghеr side, thеrе effectiveness and accuracy in diagnosis make this cost worthwhile. Early diagnosis through MRI scan has saved several livelihood and lives. After all, no cost is greater than your life!
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Open MRI Scanner machines are developed by scientists to overcome these problems. The basic technology of these open MRI scanners is similar to the traditional MRI scanners. The main difference is that instead of having to go into a torpedo tube, the open scanner is broad open on three sides which allows more space around the patient’s body and lessens the feelings of anxiety. In addition to removing the risk of claustrophobia the open scanner is ideal for the patients who are unable to fit into the confined space of the conventional scanner due to their size and weight.
Open scanners idea was developed in the 80s and was commercially available in the 90s. Open scanners weren’t popular among the radiologists in the start because of their inferior scan quality. That was mainly because of the reason that they work at lower magnetic fields then the conventional close scanners. Open scanners have become popular now when the manufacturers have increased the quality of scanners. Scientists and companies are further working on MRI scanners to enhance the quality and experience for patients all over the world.
There are many advantages of the open MRI systems over the traditional closed MRI tunnel systems. They help to keep the patients calm and deliver the stress-free experience, and that is because facing the open air in front of them significantly decreases the chances of claustrophobic related symptoms in patients. Furthermore, it’s also less intimidating for children because in open MRI scanners they can see their parents and be at ease throughout the scanning process. Scientists have also developed another form of open MRI scanners usually known as the upright MRI scanners which are a more expensive than the regular open MRI scanners but are more beneficial in some cases.
If you wish to have your MRI investigations without being uncomfortable due to the lack of space, an open MRI scanner would be an excellent option for you. It is suitable for everyone but particularly suitable for the following groups.
The Open MRI Scanner allows patients with limited mobility to have their studies carried out without having to lie in a confined, space.
Having an investigation is not the most comfortable experience. What will the scan show? Would this be treatable? Would I need an operation? There are several questions that you can ask yourself. An open scanner allows people to lie in comfort with less stress.