MRI Right Foot
Overview
Patient Concerns

Overview of MRI Right Foot

Test Description

An MRI of the foot is used to visualise the bones of the foot along with the surrounding soft tissues like the tendons, ligaments, muscles and blood vessels. The MRI scan uses strong magnetic and radio waves to create detailed and clear multiple images of the foot. 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 Get Tested

  1. To diagnose any broken/fractured bones of the foot
  2. To diagnose any injury to the soft tissues like ligaments, tendons or the surrounding muscles
  3. To diagnose any suspected osteoporosis, deformities or abnormal growth of the bones and arthritis (inflammation of the joints)
  4. To diagnose foot abscess (deep infections of the soft tissues) and osteomyelitis (infection of the bones)

Precautions

  • 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 X-ray.

Patient Concerns about MRI Right Foot

Frequently Asked Questions

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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