Overview of MRI Left Leg
What is MRI Left Leg?
MRI scan of the leg is used to visualise the structures of the lower limb (leg) which includes the bones of the hip, thigh, knee, lower leg, ankle joint and the foot along with the surrounding soft tissues like cartilage, tendon, ligaments, muscles and blood vessels. The MRI scan uses strong magnetic and radio waves to create detailed and clear multiple images of the lower limb. 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 Leg done?
- To diagnose the cause of leg pain or joint pain (hip, knee or ankle joint) which is long standing
- To diagnose the fracture of the bones of the leg
- To confirm any abnormal finding of the X-rays of the leg
- To diagnose any abnormalities of the hip, knee or the ankle joint (like arthritis, any degenerative changes, ligament tear or joint dislocations)
- To diagnose any birth defects or abnormal growth in the area of the leg
- To confirm any infections of the bones, muscles or the other soft tissue
- To diagnose any bone marrow abnormalities like avascular necrosis
Preparation for MRI Left Leg
- 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 Leg
Frequently Asked Questions about MRI Left Leg
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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