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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How Doctors Choose Between X-Rays and MRI Scans

How Doctors Choose Between X-Rays and MRI Scans

Most patients get why they’re visiting a diagnostic imaging center; their health care teams want a closer look at their insides — preferably without invasive surgery. But not everyone is clear on why their doctors choose the type of imaging they do. What’s the difference between an X-ray and an MRI scan? Which one is […]

How to Quickly Schedule an MRI Without Overpaying

How to Quickly Schedule an MRI Without Overpaying

In March 2017, USA Today published a story that had health care spenders scratching their heads. “The median price difference for MRIs in hospitals versus freestanding imaging centers in the United States often varies by thousands of dollars, underscoring the need for consumers to shop around given high out of pocket health costs, data out […]