MRI Brain With Contrast
What is MRI Brain With Contrast?
MRI Brain with contrast is a method based on magnetic field and radio waves to create images of brain and brain stem. It is a non-invasive, painless method used to visualize detailed structure of brain and its parts. MRI with contrast, also called as CE MRI (Contrast enhanced MRI), uses gadolinium based contrast agents to visualize certain parts of brain more clearly than a plain MRI. It is recommended by doctors especially to assess tumors in brain. It creates better images than MRI and can be used to locate the smallest tumor.
The contrast agent is generally considered harmless. It is given intravenously before the scan. Occasional cases of reaction to contrast agent can be seen.
Pregnant women and kidney patients are not recommended to undergo this investigation.
Why is MRI Brain With Contrast done?
- To find out the damaged area of the soft tissues (e.g. ligaments, cartilages, tendons, muscles) of the brain.
- To diagnose of the traumatic brain injury (TBI) and joint dislocation.
- To detect presence of the stroke, aneurysm (bulge in the brain blood vessels), brain tumor and brain haemorrhage.
- To find out the brain diseases like seizures, chronic headaches and acoustic neuroma (vestibular) and multiple sclerosis (chronic nerve cell damage) condition.