The images of our body's internal structures are captured using magnets and radio waves in the MRI scan process. The scan allows the doctor see the bones as well the soft tissues of patients including muscles, ligaments, tendons and blood vessels. MRI scan can be performed on any part of the body but the MRI scan shoulder screening is especially for the shoulder region of the patient. An MRI scan uses the magnetic field property for aligning the water molecules in the body of the patient. MRI scan requires no radiation and is considered safer than x-ray and CT scans.
Before the MRI scans shoulder screening, you should tell your doctor if there is any metal present in your body due to previous injuries or procedures. Before the test, any jewelry or piercings are removed from the body of the patient. Only a hospital gown is allowed on the patient before the test as clothes can affect the test. People having difficulty in enclosed space may feel uncomfortable during the MRI scan. The doctor may suggest some medicines to fight against your anxiety. In some cases, patients are even sedated during the MRI scan if they are more anxious than the normal.
A shoulder is a large and complicated joint which is made up of three major bones. This makes shoulder the most mobile joint and which leads to numerous problems for our shoulders. A pain or injury is the main reason for an MRI scan suggested by the doctor. Some problems which require MRI scan are as follows:
Dislocation of a shoulder joint.
Joint disease such as arthritis.
Rotator cuff tears.
Infections or tumors.
Decreased range of motion.
Unexplained pain or swelling.
In some cases, MRI scan is useful for tracking the effect of surgeries, medications, or physical therapy on the shoulder.
If the MRI scan of yours requires contrast dye, a nurse or physician will insert it into your bloodstream through veins. Before beginning the test, the patient will have to wait for few times due to the circulation of the dye in blood. The patient needs to lie on their back on the table and slide into the machine. Small coils around the shoulder to improve the quality of scan images. Movement is controlled by a remote and you are connected to the technician via a microphone