Chest MRI

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MRI of the Chest

A doctor or physician may order an MRI scan of the chest to take pictures of the organs and structures in your chest including the chest wall, heart, and blood vessels. An MRI is useful because it shows healthcare providers what tissue is normal, and what tissue is not. Many organs in your body can be seen during a quality MRI of the chest.

An MRI of the chest is often used to help further explain results of other tests such as chest X-rays  or chest CT scans.

A quality MRI scan can show radiologists what may be causing your signs and symptoms and it’s important that you find the best machines and radiologists possible to receive the best imaging.

Reasons for a Chest MRI:

A chest MRI scan may be done to check for certain cancers or other illness. The MRI may show tissue that has cancer cells and tissue that does not have cancer cells.

A chest MRI can be used to guide doctors or surgeons during a procedure, such as a biopsy. An MRI scan may be used if surgery is needed to remove a growth or lump.

A MRI scan of the chest can show healthcare providers how well a treatment for a disease is working and the results of a quality MRI scan can help in the plan for the best treatment forward.

A Chest MRI may help diagnose (find):

A MRI of the chest can help physicians find benign and malignant tumors in the chest.

A chest MRI may also show problems in the blood vessels, including an aneurysm or blood clot.

A MRI of the chest can show abnormalities in the chest, including abnormal lymph nodes, or other chest conditions.



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