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Brain MRI

A brain MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a non-invasive medical imaging procedure that uses powerful magnets and radio waves to generate detailed images of the brain. It helps doctors diagnose and monitor various neurological conditions, such as brain tumors, strokes, multiple sclerosis, and other abnormalities.

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Benefits of A Brain MRI

1. Prompt medical intervention and improved outcomes.

  • A preventative brain MRI can detect asymptomatic brain abnormalities such as tumors, cysts, aneurysms, arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), or blood vessel abnormalities that could be potentially life-threatening if left untreated.
  • Investigation of neurological symptoms: When a person experiences unexplained neurological symptoms such as headaches, seizures, dizziness, blurred vision, numbness, or weakness, an MRI can help identify the underlying cause.
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  • Stroke evaluation: In cases of suspected stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA), an MRI can provide detailed images of the brain to identify the presence, location, and extent of damage or blood vessel blockage.
  • Diagnosis of infections or inflammation: Brain infections like encephalitis or abscesses, as well as inflammatory conditions such as multiple sclerosis can be visualized using MRI scans.
  • Assessment of brain injuries: MRI is valuable in evaluating traumatic brain injuries (TBI) resulting from accidents or sports-related incidents. It can reveal brain tissue damage, bleeding, or swelling.
  • Monitoring of existing conditions: Individuals with known neurological conditions like multiple sclerosis (MS), brain tumors, or vascular abnormalities may require periodic brain MRIs to monitor the progression of the disease or assess treatment effectiveness.

2. Baseline for future comparisons: A baseline brain MRI can establish a reference point for future comparisons. If subsequent brain imaging is required due to new symptoms or concerns, the previous MRI can serve as a comparison tool to evaluate changes over time.

3. Foundation for personalized risk assessment: Depending on the findings of a preventative brain MRI, healthcare providers can tailor risk assessments and recommendations for further screening or preventive measures, such as lifestyle modifications or medication.

4. Peace of mind: For individuals with a family history of brain disorders or conditions, a preventative brain MRI can offer reassurance by ruling out the presence of any concerning abnormalities, reducing anxiety and stress.

What to expect during a brain MRI

You may be asked to remove any metallic objects, such as jewelry, watches, or hairpins, as these can interfere with the magnetic field. You might also be asked to change into a hospital gown to avoid any clothing containing metal.

You will lie down on a padded table that slides into the MRI machine. It’s important to lie still during the procedure to obtain clear images, so you might be provided with cushions or straps to help you remain comfortable and immobile.

A headrest or cradle will be used to keep your head in a stable position throughout the scan. Special coils will be placed around your head to improve the image quality and focus the MRI on the brain area.

The technologist will ensure that you are comfortable and provide you with earplugs or headphones to protect your ears from the loud knocking and thumping noises produced by the MRI machine. They will also give you a call button to alert them if you need any assistance during the procedure.

The MRI machine consists of a large, cylindrical tunnel. During the scan, you will be moved into the tunnel slowly. The duration can vary from 20 minutes to 30 minutes. It’s important to remain as still as possible during the scan to avoid blurring the images.

As the MRI machine captures images, it produces knocking and thumping noises. These sounds are normal and indicate that the machine is functioning correctly. You may be given earplugs, headphones, or music to help reduce the noise and make you more comfortable. The technologist will communicate with you through an intercom system and will guide you throughout the procedure.

Once the scan is complete, you will be moved out of the MRI machine. The images captured during the procedure will be reviewed and analyzed by our radiologist, who will then provide a detailed report we recommend you share with your doctor. Our team of providers is also available should you have any questions.
It’s important to note that MRI procedures are generally safe and painless. However, if you have any concerns, discomfort, or experience claustrophobia, you should inform the medical staff beforehand, as they may be able to provide you with options or solutions to help you feel more at ease during the procedure.

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You may be asked to remove any metallic objects, such as jewelry, watches, or hairpins, as these can interfere with the magnetic field. You might also be asked to change into a hospital gown to avoid any clothing containing metal.

You will lie down on a padded table that slides into the MRI machine. It’s important to lie still during the procedure to obtain clear images, so you might be provided with cushions or straps to help you remain comfortable and immobile.

A headrest or cradle will be used to keep your head in a stable position throughout the scan. Special coils will be placed around your head to improve the image quality and focus the MRI on the brain area.

The technologist will ensure that you are comfortable and provide you with earplugs or headphones to protect your ears from the loud knocking and thumping noises produced by the MRI machine. They will also give you a call button to alert them if you need any assistance during the procedure.

The MRI machine consists of a large, cylindrical tunnel. During the scan, you will be moved into the tunnel slowly. The duration can vary from 15 minutes to 20 minutes. It’s important to remain as still as possible during the scan to avoid blurring the images.

As the MRI machine captures images, it produces knocking and thumping noises. These sounds are normal and indicate that the machine is functioning correctly. You may be given earplugs, headphones, or music to help reduce the noise and make you more comfortable. The technologist will communicate with you through an intercom system and will guide you throughout the procedure.

Once the scan is complete, you will be moved out of the MRI machine. The images captured during the procedure will be reviewed and analyzed by our radiologist, who will then provide a detailed report we recommend you share with your doctor. Our team of providers is also available should you have any questions.
It’s important to note that MRI procedures are generally safe and painless. However, if you have any concerns, discomfort, or experience claustrophobia, you should inform the medical staff beforehand, as they may be able to provide you with options or solutions to help you feel more at ease during the procedure.

WHERE CAN I GET A BRAIN MRI?

Our brain MRI is only available at our Tulsa, OK location.

How much does a brain MRI cost?

A brain MRI costs $1,495.

How Can Craft Body Scan Help Me?

Our medical professionals are here to perform MRI brain scans, setting the stage for you to live a healthier and longer life. If you want to invest in your health, reach out to us today by phone at 918-879-6161 to schedule your MRI brain scan.