Do You Need a MRI & CT Scans of Your Spine or Brain?

What is an MRI or CT Scan?

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:

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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.

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