So many people have some issues with certain medical tests that it can sometimes make diagnostics much more difficult. Fears of needles, x-rays, surgeries, biopsies, and scans keeps patients from following through as the doctors need them to do for the patients to get a good diagnosis to begin or rule out the need for treatment. One way or another, most basic exams include at least an x-ray.
Who Needs an MRI?
There are spectra of medical conditions within the complex anatomy of the human body. Through blood testing, pathology, and reflexes, doctors are only able to tell so much. They can listen to your heart and identify almost any heart abnormality. On the other hand, there are physical problems which can only be imaged best with an MRI.
This machine uses a rotating, high-speed electromagnet to read and scan the body in order to create accurate, detailed images of the internal organs and even the skin and bones. It is regarded as the most comprehensive and thorough medical scans available. If something is not visible on a CT scan, it probably will be on an MRI.
I Do Not Like Closed, Small Spaces
When it comes to MRI, one of the problems which arose early on was accommodating patients with claustrophobia. It quickly became apparent that such patients would need to be sedated so they could stay still during the scan. Also, this was done to prevent the potential panic and spiked blood pressure from the phobia.
Since the medications have side effects and most physicians considered them unnecessary, the open MRI scanner was developed. It still has all of the image accuracy and scanning power as any other machine of its sort, but patients are in an open setting. They will not have the fear or have the reactions to fear.