Even though this test is under study, this MRI (magnetic resonance imaging ) Scan is used to investigate plantar heelpain, in which, plantar fasciitis is the most common cause. Even stress fracture of calcaneus and another of a heel fibroma can be diagnosed on the MRI scan. In some foot and ankle conditions, you may be instructed to do an MRI to help diagnosis the problem that you are having with your foot and ankle.
In most cases, there is no special preparation for an MRI scan. You can eat and drink normally on the day of the scan although it is best to avoid large amounts of coffee or other things that make you restless. It is very important not to bring any metal into the scan room without letting the Radiographer know. Before the scan you will be asked to remove your watch, keys, coins, credit cards, bus tickets and phone cards. The strong magnet of the MRI scanner can damage all these, or they might cause distortions in the MRI pictures. When you arrive at MRI, you will be asked a series of questions to find out if you have any metal or implants in your body.
If you are pregnant or could be pregnant at the time of your scan appointment, please inform your doctor early as MRI causes a slight heating of your body, so most MRI sites avoid scanning during the first 3 months of pregnancy unless the diagnosis cannot wait and the only alternative test uses X-rays.
To investigate plantar heelpain to investigate the problem that you are having with your foot and ankle MRI can also be used to diagnosis the following conditions:
The MRI scanner uses magnetic and radio waves to create pictures of tissues, organs and other structures within the body, which can then be viewed on a computer.
The pictures produced by an MRI scan, when compared to other imaging modalities, are much more detailed and therefore are of higher diagnostic quality when compared to more frequently used X-ray scanners for example.