Reasons Doctors Order MRI Scans, Part 2

Maybe your general practitioner just referred you for an MRI scan, and it’s your first. Maybe you’re wondering if you should ask your doctor about an MRI scan in the first place. Or maybe you’ve heard about MRI scans, and how much more frequent they’ve become, and you want to understand more.

No matter why you here, we’ve got you covered. Physicians order MRI scans for a wide range of conditions, and that list is always growing. As we noted in Part 1 of this series, the medical field continues to come up with helpful new applications for MR — that is, Magnetic Resonance — technology.

Here are a few of the less common conditions that might lead physicians to make a referral for an MRI scan:

MRI for Breast Cancer Screening

While the American Cancer Society Guidelines recommend screening by mammogram for the vast majority of women after the age of 40 (with yearly mammograms recommended for women 45 to 54), some women are at increased risk for developing breast cancer. The ACS recommends that these women get screened with breast MRI scans, as well.

That’s because MRI scans can identify certain breast cancers that mammograms might miss, and vice versa. Physicians may recommend that women with certain gene markers, family histories, or personal health histories receive breast MRI scans as well as mammograms for screening.

MRI for Prostate Conditions

Prostate MRI scans can help physicians diagnose many conditions, including benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH — better known as an enlarged prostate), prostate infections and abscesses, and to monitor results of pelvic surgery.

MRI for Pelvic Floor Disorders

Pelvic floor disorders include prolapse, a condition in which organs shift out of position, as well as damage to pelvic floor muscles themselves. Dynamic pelvic floor MRI, in which technologists take images of the patient both at rest and flexing pelvic muscles, can help physicians diagnose these conditions. Doctors may order pelvic MRI scans to identify the source of symptoms like constipation, incontinence, and pelvic pain.

MRI for Tumor Identification

MRI scans may be used to identify tumors all over the body. This imaging modality can even help physicians determine whether a tumor is cancerous or not. In cases of cancer, later in the treatment, doctors might use MRI scans to monitor the growth, shrinkage, or metastasis of tumors.

MRI Scans for the Whole Body

These lists are far from comprehensive, of course. Any time physicians suspect a visual change to the body’s soft tissue, they might rely on an MRI scan to diagnose the condition. And as we mentioned at the outset, new uses for MR technology pop up all the time.

The important thing is that MRI scans be available — and affordable — when patients need them. offers the full range of MRI capabilities, using the same board-certified staff and cutting-edge technologies as prestigious hospitals. Because of our large and growing network, however, we can leverage economies of scale to pass savings on to our patients.

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