MRI Brain Scan – High Definition Neurological Imaging
An MRI brain scan or head scan is a common procedure used as a diagnostic imaging tool to diagnose and monitor certain conditions that affect the brain. MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging and the scanner uses a powerful magnet and radio frequency (RF) waves to develop internal images of internal tissues and organs of the body.
MRI Brain Scan – Superior Imaging and Functional Neurological Diagnostic Tool
A brain or head MRI is a superior imaging and functional neurological diagnostic tool that can accurately show clinicians whether there are any physical abnormalities in the brain, such as the location and size of a tumor. It can also help determine brain function, for instance the way the brain processes and interprets information after a stroke. The MRI brain scan shows details of the soft brain tissues and nerves that may be difficult to see on other tests. Magnetic Resonance Angiography or MRA can be used to image the blood vessels in the brain.
The MRI brain scan is a simple, painless procedure that doesn’t typically take a long time to complete (usually 30-60 minutes). You may be asked to change into a gown to prevent any interference from items such as metal zippers that could interfere with the quality of the images. Depending on what the scan needs to show, you might receive an injection of contrast into a vein. This is a reactive metallic dye called a contrast agent, which helps to visualize certain disease processes and can help the radiologist determine the type of tumor, for example. Most patients will not have any problems with the contrast agent, but discuss with your doctor if you have any concerns. You will be laid on a table connected to the MRI machine with your head inside a small circular opening or the head coil where the imaging is done once inside the large, magnet opening or bore of the magnet.
MRI scans are non-invasive so they are commonly used in cases where it is necessary to get more diagnostic information or monitor a brain disease. Patients with degenerative neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS) tend to have a couple of MRI brain scans a year to monitor the progression. Patients showing symptoms indicative of a brain problem, unusual headaches for example, may have an MRI to find the cause.
Greater Waterbury Imaging Center specializes in MRI scans for patients in the greater Waterbury, CT area. We are committed to providing you with easy access to care, a comfortable exam and fast, accurate results. Physicians and patients throughout our community depend on us to provide exceptional MRI services. GWIC is located on the campus of Waterbury Hospital, adjacent to the Emergency Department. We have our own private, gated parking area for the convenience of our patients. If you are looking for an experienced and professional facility to have your MRI brain scan, contact us for more information or to set up an appointment for your patients.