MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. The procedure is completely painless. There is no radiation associated with this study. There are no known long-time risk factors with having an MRI. Many diseases, cancers, and other conditions can be detected through this study.
Computed Tomography (CT) Scan
Computed Tomography is commonly referred to as at CT scan or CAT scan. A CT scan is essentially multiple x-ray images from various angles and like x-ray utilizes ionizing radiation. The only enhanced screening study we perform utilizing a CT scan is Coronary (Cardiac) CTA and Cardiac Calcium Scoring. All other enhanced screening studies are performed utilizing MRI.
Prevention involves many different things:
- Making healthy lifestyle adjustments: exercising, maintaining a well-balanced diet, avoiding tobacco use
- Keeping up with medications for chronic conditions
- Getting regular health checkups and screenings
- Detecting disease through screening may help to facilitate early intervention, improve the quality of your life, and even save your life
Results will be provided to you and your referring physician for review.
A normal enhance screening scan does not guarantee that you do not have any disease/cancer. No medical study is 100% perfect, cancer can be tiny/occult and may not detectable by imaging until it reaches a certain size.
Sometimes a enhance screening scan may detect false positives and cause anxiety, these are abnormal growths concerning for cancer which after further testing prove to be nothing worrisome.