If you have been told that you are taking a trip to radiology, there are plenty of scans that you might be receiving. Some of the most common examples include x-ray scans, CT scans, and MRIs. If you are getting an MRI, you probably want to get the results as quickly as possible. Therefore, when is an MRI scan ordered and how long is it going to take to get your results? There are a few key examples to keep in mind.
First, it is important for everyone to understand what an MRI is. MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging. An MRI uses an extremely powerful magnet to produce an image on a computer screen. When your body is exposed to a magnet, the individual molecules that make up your body are going to respond in a certain way. Depending on the molecular structure, these atoms are going to respond differently. The MRI scan is going to capitalize on these differences to produce a detailed image. An MRI is arguably the most detailed imaging scan that can be ordered. In addition to the quality of the image, there are several other benefits that everyone should understand.
There are several main benefits of ordering an MRI. Some benefits include:
On the other hand, there are a few drawbacks as well. For example, you cannot get an MRI if you have metal inside your body because the giant magnet will simply pull it out. In addition, an MRI scanner also takes a long time to produce results, making it unsuitable for an emergency situation.
Ultimately, the answer to this question is that it depends. In some situations, you may get your MRI scan results back in as little as a few hours. In other cases, it might take a few days. There are a lot of factors that will play a role and how long it takes you to get the results of your MRI. Some of the biggest factors include:
These are just a few of the biggest factors that will play a role in how long it takes to get your MRI results. If your doctor feels like your MRI results need to come back faster, he or she will let the radiologist know in order to expedite the process. If you are getting an MRI scan done in the hospital, you should expect your scan to come back in a few hours. If you are receiving an outpatient MRI, it might take a few days.
If you are waiting for your MRI results, it is normal to be nervous. Make sure that you rely on a compassionate physician to walk you through the process. Doctor Wagner would be happy to lend you a helping hand, so feel free to reach out today!