MRI Contrast Agents and Breastfeeding: What To Know

MRI Contrast Agents and Breastfeeding: What To Know

Mothers who report for a scheduled MRI with a contrast agent will naturally be curious about how safe it is to resume breastfeeding just after the procedure. Should they wait a day, or two, or a week? This is the question that a doctor asked the journal Canadian Family Physician back in 2007. Jack Newman, […]

Can People with Pacemakers Get MRI Scans?

Can People with Pacemakers Get MRI Scans?

Not so long ago, the medical community believed that once you get a pacemaker implanted, MRI scans were off limits for the rest of your life. You’d just have to make do with other imaging modalities, like X-rays. There are even reports of surgeons removing implanted medical devices, completing an MRI scan, and then replacing […]

Breast MRI: A Patient’s Guide

Breast MRI: A Patient’s Guide

So your doctor has ordered a breast MRI. Why? And what can you expect on the day of your appointment? First off, take a deep breath. MRIs of the breast are a common diagnostic procedure, and many women find them more comfortable than the more familiar mammogram. We’ll start with a bit of good news: […]

X-Rays Versus MRI Scans in Sports and Exercise Injuries

X-Rays Versus MRI Scans in Sports and Exercise Injuries

Sports injuries are unfortunately common, and their treatment often begins with diagnostic imaging. But why do some doctors order an X-ray for your knee injury or your ankle sprain, while others order an MRI, and yet another might ask for both? All imaging modalities have their strengths and weaknesses. Doctors weigh these against potential benefits […]

The Truth About MRI Safety During Pregnancy

The Truth About MRI Safety During Pregnancy

If you’re pregnant and your physician recommends an MRI, your first concern is likely for your baby. MRI technicians frequently receive questions about the safety of magnetic resonance imaging, particularly when patients are early in their pregnancies. The good news: MRIs are completely safe when you’re expecting, and while their use should be limited, you […]

PET Scan Proven Most Accurate Type of Imaging for Diagnosing Coronary Artery Disease

PET Scan Proven Most Accurate Type of Imaging for Diagnosing Coronary Artery Disease

Positron emission tomography, or PET scans, have been proven to be the most accurate imaging modality for spotting cases of coronary artery disease. A study published in August 2017 in JAMA Cardiology compared the performance of coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA), single-photon emission tomography (SPECT), and PET scan in detecting heart disease. A total of […]

Why You Wear Hearing Protection During an MRI Scan

Why You Wear Hearing Protection During an MRI Scan

When you schedule an MRI, there isn’t too much you need to do to prepare for it. When you arrive at the scan site, you’ll be given a gown to change into, then escorted into the MR system room; it’s simple. You’ll remove all metal objects, like jewelry, from your body. The MRI technician will […]

CT Scan Contrast Dye Harmless to Kidneys, Studies Show

CT Scan Contrast Dye Harmless to Kidneys, Studies Show

The National Kidney Foundation warns that, in rare cases, CT scan contrast dye can cause a dangerous condition called contrast-induced nephropathy, or CIN. This marked decline in kidney function occurs in about 2 percent of the people who receive contrast agents for CT scans and certain other types of diagnostic imaging. It works fast, often […]

What’s the Difference Between a Breast MRI and a Mammogram?

What’s the Difference Between a Breast MRI and a Mammogram?

Mammograms are the most common breast cancer screening tests currently available, but they aren’t the only test used for detection and diagnosis. Breast MRI scans also play a role in locating and treating breast cancer (and so do breast ultrasounds, but that’s a subject for another blog post). It’s not that one imaging modality is […]