This test uses magnets and radio waves to create detailed images of the brain.
A Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan of the brain is a test that uses magnets and radio waves to create detailed images of your brain.
Your healthcare provider may order an MRI to find the cause of symptoms or to monitor a condition that affects the brain.
It can also be done to check on the blood vessels in your brain, the extent of a disease or to follow up on abnormal imaging studies.
MRI machines use powerful magnets, so tell your health care provider if you have any metal or medical devices in your body.
A contrast dye will be put into a vein in your arm or hand.
You must lie still during the exam, because moving could blur the images.
If you are pregnant and your health care provider feels an MRI would give helpful information, he or she may order this test. Be sure to talk about the benefits and risks of the test with your health care provider.
An MRI can take up to an hour, but newer machines may be much faster.
The costs for this test include the charge for the test (facility charge) and physician charges (for performing or interpreting the test). You may get separate bills from the facility and the physician's office.
What should I ask my health care provider before having this test?
Is there any special preparation for the test? (If so, get clear instructions on what you need to do.)
What is my diagnosis and the reason for the test? Are the test results likely to change my treatment plan? If not, do I need the test?
Are there any less expensive, but effective, alternatives to my getting this test?Remind your health care provider if there are any metal(s) or medical device(s) in your body.
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