What are MRI’s even used for?
Although many people are familiar with the term MRI, many do not know what a MRI really does compared to x-rays, ct scans, or ultra sounds. Many view them as virtually the same, but that couldn't be further from the truth! We are here to help!
MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging and doctors will order many different MRI’s for many different reasons. Most people will get confused on whether they need an MRI, CT scan, or x-ray, so here is a tool to help you determine what you would need an MRI for and some things that doctors use them for monitoring purposes.
Doctor’s order MRI’s to be performed on the following areas if a patient needs health monitoring:
- Organs of the chest and abdomen (liver, billary tract, kidneys, spleen, bowel, pancreas, and adrenal glands)
- Pelvic Organs (both male and female reproductive organs)
- Blood Vessels Breasts
Doctor’s also use MRI’s to help diagnose patient needs:
- Tumors (in the chest, abdomen, or pelvis)
- Certain types of heart problems
- Blockages or enlargements of blood vessels
- Diseases of the liver, small intestine, colon, rectum, and anus
- Cysts and solid tumors in the kidneys and parts of the urinary tract
- Tumors and abnormalities of the reproductive organs
- Causes of Pelvic Pain in women
- Suspected uterine congenital abnormalities in women evaluating infertility
- Breast Cancer and Breast implants
- Fetal assessment in pregnant women