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Overview of MRI Left Ankle Joint
What is MRI Left Ankle Joint?
An MRI of the ankle joint is used to visualise the bones of the ankle joint along with the surrounding soft tissues like the tendons, ligaments, muscles and blood vessels. The ankle consists of three bones - tibia and fibula (bones of the lower leg), and talus (one of the foot bones) and two joints – ankle joint (where tibia, fibula and talus meet) and syndesmosis joint (joint between tibia and fibula). The MRI scan uses strong magnetic and radio waves to create detailed and clear multiple images of the ankle joint. Multiple images are captured during the MRI scan which can be stored on an electronic device and then further printed on a film. The whole MRI scan procedure takes about 40-60 minutes.
Why is MRI Left Ankle Joint done?
- To diagnose any broken/fractured bones of the ankle joint
- To diagnose any injury to the soft tissues like ligaments, tendons or the surrounding muscles
- To diagnose any suspected infection, osteoporosis, deformities or abnormal growth of the bones and arthritis (inflammation of the joints)
- To diagnose foot abscess (deep infections of the soft tissues) and osteomyelitis (infection of the bones)
Preparation for MRI Left Ankle Joint
- Pregnant women should inform their doctor (and x-ray technician) as the radiations may affect the fetus. If needed, precautions can be taken to lower the radiation exposure to the fetus.
- You may have to remove your jewelry and any metal objects which might interfere with the image.
- Depending on the area to be imaged, you may be asked to wear a hospital gown at the time of the scan.
Answers to Patient Concerns & Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about MRI Left Ankle Joint
Frequently Asked Questions about MRI Left Ankle Joint
Q. What are the drawbacks of a bone X-ray?
X-ray images give a very clear view of the bones. However, it does not provide a good visual image of the soft tissues like tendons, muscles or fat tissue under the skin. Even the bone microfractures or complicated spine injuries are not clearly visible on the X Ray images. Apart from this, it also exposes the patient to some amount of radiations but the benefit of the information gained from an X-ray image outweighs the risk of radiations.
Q. Who interprets the X-ray results?
The interpretation of an X-Ray image is carried out by a radiologist who analyses or reads the X-ray image and prepares a report of the findings which is shared with the patient.
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