North Houston Cancer Clinics

Magnetic Resonance Imaging MRI Scans

North Houston Cancer Clinics offers all the advanced treatment and diagnostic plans for diagnosing cancer. Early cancer detection is critical in providing the best and most effective treatment. In MRI, specialists use magnetic solid waves to scan the organs and parts, which will show all the angles to detect cancer and tumors. Sometimes, people call these scans nuclear scans or magnetic scans. This MRI is a valuable tool in detecting cancer at its early stages.

Basic Understanding of Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Magnetic resonance imaging is an essential diagnostic procedure many clinics and hospitals use to diagnose cancer. This procedure is necessary to perform, but it’s a bit costly. This test will show you the spread and stages of cancer. Specialists and oncologists will use it to detect any tumor or cancer in the patient’s body. It will also inform you about the nature of the spread of cancer.

Facts About Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technique

The following are some facts that one should know before taking the test.

1. You should not take your credit cards or other personal items with you while in the laboratory for this test.

In MRI, you are not exposed to direct radiation; instead, you experience strong magnetic waves that create images.

MRI is not allowed during pregnancy as it causes trouble and affects the baby and mother’s health. It is not prescribed to be performed during at least the first 13 weeks of pregnancy until or unless there is a serious problem.

People who are obese or have greater weight are having trouble getting fit into the machine.

Computer Processing

Signals obtained from RF coils undergo computer processing to create a cross-sectional high resolution within the body. Advanced algorithms are out of the signals, which radiologists or other medical professionals can analyze.

Contrast Agents

Contrasting agents are those that oncologists use to enhance the visibility of organs and tissues. Paramagnetic or superparamagnetic substances are usually contained in these agents and given intravenously to modify surrounding tissues’ magnetic properties, making them more visible in the images.

Working and Role of MRI in Detection of Cancer

At North Houston Cancer Clinics, our expert technicians are always available to perform the tests and procedures for cancer diagnosis. MRI is critical in this process.

Detection of Tumor Localization

Tumors are located deep within the soft tissues, including breast and prostate tissues. They often elude detection using other imaging modalities but are easily seen with MRI. This technique can obtain precise details about the location, size, and shape of tumors, which helps medical practitioners design appropriate management strategies.

What happens in this test

The MRI process starts by getting the patient ready by removing their jewelry and other items they are wearing. Patients have to change their clothes into a gown or something loose.

A dye called contrast medium is given to the patient, which helps enhance the part that needs to be considered. This dye is injected through an intravenous route. Some people feel pain or disturbance in the stomach.

When the scan starts, you will lie on the back of the table. Every session will take 30 minutes in about 2-5 series.

Challenges and Future Directions

This imaging technique is beneficial and has some points to consider when performing MRI scans. You need to ask some related questions, including the MRI duration and working and who will perform your MRI—other risk factors related to the occurrence of MRI, and if any other tests and reports are required. It would help to ask about the cancer clinic’s cost and other related information before this test happens.
However, despite these limitations, ongoing research and technological advancements continue to enhance its role in cancer diagnosis and treatment. Such advances include new types like molecular imaging and functional Magnetic resonance imaging, which promise improved accuracy and specificity in diagnosing cancer.