Benefits and Risks- Neck MR Scan

Benefits

  • A neck MR scan allows our radiologists to take detailed images of your neck making the process of identifying neck abnormalities or injuries easier and quicker.
  • MRI does not use ionizing radiation (high-energy radiation that can be potentially damaging).
  • There are no known harmful side-effects associated with temporary exposure to the strong magnetic field used by SMIL’s radiologists.

Risks

  • The magnet typically cannot be used if a patient has any implanted medical device such as a pacemaker.
  • Any loose metal object may cause damage or injury if it gets pulled toward the magnet.
  • Dye from tattoos can cause skin irritation.
  • Prolonged exposure to radio waves during the scan could lead to slight warming of the body.

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