Temporary Side-Effects of Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a unique and versatile medical imaging technique that uses  powerful magnets, radio waves and computers to produce detailed images (or scans) of the inside of the body. Although there are intricacies and complexities involved in this technology, it is considered to be a safe and painless procedure.  The test is non-invasive and radio waves used do not cause permanent damage to your body. Precautions should be followed before using an MRI.

However, there are some MRI side effects that have been observed once the procedure is completed. The side effects are usually psychological due to the nature of the MRI scan.

During the MRI scan, the patient is required to lay down on a table, which slides the patient into the center of the MRI machine.  The entire procedure may take around half an hour. The patient needs to be flat on his back during the whole time. The patients may tend to feel claustrophobic because the diameter of the chamber is not more than 4 feet. This may cause discomfort to the patient. At the same time, when the patient lays on the back for a prolonged period of time, it might cause some pain in the back. However, these issues are temporary, but it is worth noting for those with chronic pain in certain joints or areas. Moreover, during the test the patient needs to lie still in the small cavity of the MRI machine.

To overcome such issues, it is better to take medication that will suppress the nerves or sedate the patient. The best option is to use an open MRI machine to avoid claustrophobia. The other common MRI side effects include headaches, dizziness, sweating, nausea, and fatigue.

The good news is, these are all temporary symptoms that are usually caused by discomfort. Patients are suggested to tell doctors in they have any concern so that the doctors can take required measures to avoid any discomfort.


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