Learn today about what happens when you are referred for a MRI scan or a CT scan. MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging. CT stands for computed tomography. The pdf information booklet and audio link below will tell you what happens when you are sent to have a MRI scan or a CT scan on your back or brain.
I found this great mp3 audio from the Brain and Spine Foundation in the UK. These are the same people who developed a map of all the neurological hospitals in the UK.
Brain and Spine Scans Using MRI or CT
You will find out:
- The difference between a MRI scanner and a CT scanner
- What happens before, during and after having a MRI or CT scan
- Will you need an injection and if so what will happen to you
- When will you get the results of your MRI or CT scan
- The difference between a radiologist, radiographer, radiology nurses and neuroradiology nurses
As promised here is the audio link to listen to the information pamphlet from the Brain and Spine Foundation:
If you would like to view the adobe pdf of the patient information leaflet you can do so below:[gview file=”http://www.brainandspine.org.uk/sites/default/files/documents/brain_and_spine_scans.pdf”]
Hope this information about MRI scans and CT scans helps put your mind at ease if you have been told by a doctor that you need to have a scan of your spine or brain.
A MRI scan is best if you have a disc herniation or disc bulge concern in your lower back or neck. This is the scan a neurosurgeon or orthopaedic surgeon would order to be done before any spinal surgery.
The major disadvantage with a MRI scan is it uses strong magnetic fields so you can’t have it done if you have metal in your body like a joint replacement prosthesis (i.e hip replacement). Then a CT scan using x-rays will be used.Image Credit: Some rights reserved by Image Editor