MRI Scan With Dye - Brain

This test uses magnets and radio waves to create detailed images of the brain.




This test uses magnets and radio waves to create detailed images of the brain.



An Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan of the brain is a test that uses magnets and radio waves to create detailed images of your brain.

  • The images are taken before and after a dye is put into a vein in your arm or hand.
  • The dye helps to highlight the structures in your brain so they can be seen better.

Your healthcare provider may order an MRI of your brain to:

  • Find the cause of symptoms
  • AMonitor a condition that affects the brain
  • Check on the blood vessels in your brain
  • Determine the extent of a disease
  • 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.

  • The contrast dye may cause you to feel flushed or to have a bad taste in your mouth for a short time.
  • You must lie still during the exam. Moving can blur the images.
  • An MRI can take up to an hour. Newer machines may be much faster.

If you are pregnant, talk to your healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of the test.

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.)
  • Do I need to have the test with and without dye? If I do, should I be concerned if I have allergies?
  • 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.

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

MRI Scan With Dye - Brain
MRI Scan
MRI Brain With Contrast
Brain Scan
Brain MRI With Dye


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