Magnetic resonance imaging, or an MRI scan, may be used in combination with other diagnostic imaging tests to form detailed pictures of the affected area. Unlike CT scans, though, MRIs use magnets and radio waves to create these computer images. Patients usually lie in a long, narrow tube during the scan, which may be done in a hospital or imaging center.
Preparing for an MRI: As with other imaging tests, you may receive an injection of a contrast solution to make the MRI scan more clear. You will need to lie still for a longer period of time ─ possibly up to an hour. Some patients feel claustrophobic in MRI machines, so you may ask your doctor if an open MRI is an option for you. MRIs also tend to make noises that bother some patients, so you may request earplugs ahead of time. Be sure to tell your doctor if you have any metal implanted in your body, such as a pacemaker.
What your doctor may learn from an MRI: Because MRI scans provide a better image of soft tissue in the body, these images can help your doctor determine the extent of a malignant mesothelioma tumor and whether the cancer has spread. Your doctor may also order an MRI after you have begun treatment to assess how your cancer is responding.
Imaging Tests Guide the Mesothelioma Diagnostic Process
If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of mesothelioma, you should see your doctor as soon as possible and explain your history of asbestos exposure. Your doctor will want to act quickly to reach a proper diagnosis and develop a treatment plan that meets your needs.
After a mesothelioma diagnosis, you should also know that financial compensation may be available to you. Contact us today to discuss the process for seeking compensation after a mesothelioma diagnosis.