When you’re in pain and need medical treatment, your doctor needs to diagnose your condition first. The diagnosis can reveal what’s causing your pain and help doctors determine how to approach treatment.
Many tools can help doctors diagnose your pain. Some tools help them examine the surface level of the painful area, while others allow them to look inside of your body. One reliable method for capturing images of the inside of your body is a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan.
Reasons to get an MRI scan
MRIs offer several benefits for achieving an accurate diagnosis of your condition. Below are a few of the reasons your doctor may request an MRI scan:
- It captures high-quality images — X-rays and CT-scans are other imaging systems that may be used in your diagnosis, but neither offers the details you can achieve in an MRI scan. MRI images provide an excellent contrast between the tissue, which helps doctors identify the cause of your condition.
- It offers a 3-D view — The MRI scan takes multiple images from different angles. These images are compiled into single pictures that offer your doctor a 3-D view of your condition. This can help narrow down the cause of your pain in tricky diagnoses.
- Does not cause radiation — MRI scans do not use chemicals or technologies known to cause radiation.
- Unlikely to cause an allergic reaction — MRI scans usually don’t require any contrast agents, although injection of contrast fluid is necessary in some cases. The fluid used for MRI scans rarely causes allergic reactions.
Visit the iRISE Spine and Joint Institute in Miami for an MRI scan
At the iRISE Spine and Joint Institute in Miami, we offer MRI scans to help doctors make an accurate and safe diagnosis of your condition.
MRI scans can be noisy and they require you to lie still in a tube for a few minutes to nearly an hour. However, our team strives to make your MRI scan a comfortable and stress-free process. So, if you have concerns about claustrophobia or stress, we’ve got you covered. Contact us today if you have questions about MRI scans or other diagnostic techniques or if you’re ready to schedule an initial appointment.