MRI of the Knee: What to Expect and How to Prepare

MRI of the Knee: What to Expect and How to Prepare

An MRI of the knee can reveal valuable information to a trained professional. Accidents, sports injuries, arthritis, or simple knee pain can warrant a doctor ordering a such a scan. MRIs are perfectly safe, and unlike X-rays and CT scans, they don’t use radiation. In fact, anxiety in anticipation of the scan can be the […]

The MRI Prescreening Process: What to Know

The MRI Prescreening Process: What to Know

Before every scan, patients must submit to an MRI prescreening process so radiologists can be sure everything goes smoothly during the procedure. It’s not that MRI scans are dangerous; in and of themselves, they aren’t. In fact, because they don’t expose patients to ionizing radiation, they’re much safer than X-rays. But MRI machines rely on […]

Price Transparency in Diagnostic Imaging

Price Transparency in Diagnostic Imaging

The story of price transparency should be as simple as the tag on a box of cereal. Somehow, though, the practice of telling a customer how much a product costs before handing it over hasn’t filtered into a sector that makes up nearly 18 percent of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product: health care spending. The […]

Diagnostic Reference Levels: Reducing Radiation Exposure Safe During X-Rays and CT Scans

Diagnostic Reference Levels: Reducing Radiation Exposure Safe During X-Rays and CT Scans

Diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) are just one of the ways radiologists protect patients from excessive exposure to radiation during X-rays and CT scans, but most patients can go through a lifetime of imaging procedures without ever hearing of a DRL. If you’re worried about the ionizing radiation associated with some types of diagnostic imaging, though, […]

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 […]