MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of the organs and structures inside the body. An MRI of the head can give your doctor information about your brain, eyes, ears, and nerves.
When you have an MRI, you lie on a table and the table moves into the MRI machine.
An MRI of the head can help find problems such as tumours and infection. It also can check symptoms of a head injury or of diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS) and stroke.
Talk to your doctor about all your health conditions before the test. For example, tell your doctor if:
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
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Current as of: October 14, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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