Your doctor may require an MRI to diagnose multiple sclerosis (MS). Like most individuals, you may be nervous about undergoing an MRI. Maybe you’re receiving the procedure frequently to check your condition and treatment response.
According to Beverly Hills, California-based board-certified neurologist and MS expert Achillefs Ntranos, MD, MRIs can be difficult since you must lie motionless for a long time in a tiny environment. However, there are methods to improve the experience.
What Is An MRI?
MRI is the best tool for diagnosing and treating MS. MRI results corroborate clinical findings in over 90% of MS patients.
Unlike a CT scan, an MRI is a safe and efficient approach to gathering comprehensive body pictures without radiation. Ntranos says an MRI is a noninvasive medical examination that employs strong magnets and radio waves to generate detailed pictures of the body. Doctors can diagnose and monitor MS using these photos.
MRI machines are enormous, tube-shaped machines that you lay in. Open and closed MRIs exist. Closed MRIs have one entrance. Many apprehensive individuals prefer the four-sided open MRI. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society notes that open MRIs are better for claustrophobia than for MS detection.
Ntranos adds the open MRI’s lesser resolution may make it unsuitable for assessing MS activity, particularly in the spinal cord. Wide-bore MRI devices open wider.
What To Expect On MRI Day
What to anticipate from an MS MRI.
Before You Enter The Machine
Metals may harm MRI scans due to magnets. Daniel Matterson, a former MRI radiographer and MS patient in Middlesbrough, England, advises patients to remove any metal before entering the scan room. Before your MRI, remove any jewelry, piercings, and hair clips. Pacemakers may prevent MRIs.
Next, you’ll lie down on a sliding bed within the machine, and the technician will wrap a crucial scanner portion around your