MRI with Contrast:
Occasionally your doctor will order an MRI with contrast to better view soft tissue or other areas that may not be visible with a standard MRI scan. This is often called an Advanced MRI
As good as a standard MRI image is, the image can be improved even further by adding contrast. Contrast is dye that is injected intravenously into your vein during the MRI exam. Tumors and other abnormalities will absorb the contrast dye as it progresses through your blood vessels, and this area will be highlighted on the MRI scan. This allows for the detection of even the smallest tumors, and it also gives your doctor a clearer idea about the location and size of a tumor or other abnormality and which organs or tissues are involved. In addition, contrast allows a doctor to observe functional abnormalities that are not visible on a regular scan, particularly problems with how well your blood is flowing through your vessels.
Though most people tolerate MRI with contrast just fine, there are still some risks associated with the contrast injection. The most common side effects include:
Our technicians will help you with every step of the process and are certified to administer hiqh quality contrast scans.
We have a genuine desire to keep our health care services and MRIs with contrast affordable to everyone. Since we are an independent MRI clinic, we are not part of a hospital and limit third party billing whenever possible. We can afford to charge individuals less than a hospital or large imaging center because we pay less for office space, utilities, and other business related expenses with our contrast MRI scan.