MRI explanation required
June 5, 2011 1:29 PM Subscribe
Help me understand MRI procedures.
posted by sardonyx to health & fitness (27 answers total)
A relative of mine has to have an MRI test done. Now I've had a basic MRI taken before, so I tried to explain what is done, what to expect, etc. This test seems to be different. Or maybe not.
The appointment letter calls it "mr Head/Cervical Spine" and says nothing about any contrast, dye, etc.
When my relative phoned to confirm a few details, the receptionist/operator mentioned something about a dye and an injection.
Now I've done some reading on the Internet, and I'm aware that that a FMRI/functional MRI is a slightly different test, but I can't tell if that is the procedure being ordered.
I also don't know if intravenous is going to be required (as some websites suggest).
I'm only trying to figure this out, as the person tends to be a bit on the nervous side and would do better to have a fuller understanding of what is involved before hand.