Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) testing on the neck uses a magnetic field to produce detailed images of the soft tissues, glands and other structures within the neck area. Your doctor may suggest a Neck MRI if you have already undergone a CT scan of your neck.
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Who Needs This Procedure?
MRI technology can be used to evaluate a wide range of symptoms and conditions affecting the eyes, ears, nose and throat. This procedure can also be used to investigate diseases affecting the salivary and thyroid glands, and to evaluate cancerous abnormalities.
Women who are pregnant are advised not to undergo MRI procedures.
Preparing For The Procedure:
Patients should remove all metal objects from their person prior to the procedure, as the magnetic field of the exam unit may be interfered with. Notify your doctor of any implants, dental materials or other metal objects that are in your body, in order to minimize complications. Your doctor may advise you not to eat or drink before the procedure if a contrast material is being used.
During The Procedure:
The patient lays on the exam table for the entirety of the procedure. If necessary, a contrast material will be administered intravenously. While the MRI unit is capturing images, the exam table will move the patient through, building a 3D image. Most procedures last about 45 minutes.
What Will I Experience?
Some patients may feel anxious about being inside a traditional “closed” MRI machine. “Open” MRI units are available for patients who would prefer it, especially those with claustrophobia. However, the capabilities of the “open” MRI unit are usually less than that of a “closed” unit.
MRI technology offers detection of soft-tissue abnormalities in a non-invasive way. MRI does not emit radiation, making it a safe alternative to other imaging technology.