Chest MRI - Benefits and Risks
- MRI is a noninvasive imaging technique that does not involve exposure to ionizing radiation.
- MRI can help physicians evaluate both the structure of an organ and how it is working.
- MRI enables the discovery of abnormalities that might be obscured by bone with other imaging methods.
- MRI can help further evaluate an abnormality seen on other exams to determine whether surgery is necessary.
- The MRI examination poses almost no risk to the average patient when appropriate safety guidelines are followed.
- If sedation is used, there are risks of excessive sedation. The technologist or nurse monitors your vital signs to minimize this risk.
- Patients with pacemakers cannot be examined.
- Certain types of surgical implants and permanent wires may prevent a patient from having an MRI.