MRI of the brain

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MRI of the brain is a diagnostic technique used to visualize the structures of the brain and related tissues. This technology uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create highly detailed images of the brain, including the cortex, white matter, brain ventricles, and other brain structures. MRI of the brain can help detect various conditions such as tumors, strokes, degenerative diseases, inflammations, or traumatic brain injuries. It is also used to monitor changes in the brain over time and the effectiveness of certain treatments.



The search is done on the indication of a neurologist, neurosurgeon or other doctors, and in the case of neoplasms (brain tumors), various diseases of the brain parenchyma such as multiple sclerosis, bleeding and head trauma, insults and inflammatory and other conditions as well as diseases of other structures of the skull.


It is necessary to bring all medical documentation related to the examination that is being performed, and before the examination, remove all metal objects from the body and wear clothes that you can easily remove from the part of the body that needs to be examined. If you feel afraid of confined spaces (claustrophobia), tell the staff or the doctor before the examination. Your doctor may recommend taking a mild sedative.


MRI of the brain is a brain scan using the magnetic resonance method. It provides the most detailed view of the brain of all existing radiological methods. This method can be used to analyze changes in the brain parenchyma (tumor processes, infarction, multiple sclerosis, etc.), blood vessels of the brain and other structures of the head. The method has no known harmful effects on the human body.


What is a brain MRI?

A brain MRI is a diagnostic procedure that uses magnetic resonance imaging to obtain detailed images of structures within the brain.

Why is a brain MRI performed?

This procedure is typically conducted to diagnose issues such as tumors, bleeding, infections, injuries, or other conditions within the brain.

How to prepare for a brain MRI?

Preparation usually involves wearing clothing without metal parts, removing jewelry, and informing the doctor about any metal implants.

Is radiation during a brain MRI dangerous?

A brain MRI does not use X-ray radiation but rather magnetic fields and radio waves. Exposure is usually low, but it is important to consult with the doctor about potential risks.

How long does the brain MRI procedure take?

The duration of the procedure typically lasts between 30 and 60 minutes, depending on the specific needs and the area being examined.

Can I eat before a brain MRI?

In most cases, there is no need for fasting before a brain MRI, but the doctor may provide specific guidelines.

What if I am pregnant? Can I undergo a brain MRI?

MRI during pregnancy is usually avoided unless absolutely necessary. The decision will depend on the urgency and consultation with the doctor.

Are side effects common after a brain MRI?

Side effects are rare, but some individuals may experience mild discomfort or anxiety during the procedure.

How quickly can I get the results of a brain MRI?

Results are usually available within a few days, and the doctor will review and explain them to the patient.

What if I have claustrophobia?

If you have claustrophobia, discuss it with your doctor before the procedure. In some cases, the use of sedatives or other measures may be considered to alleviate discomfort.

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