MRI for Cancer in Farmington, with the Team at XRANM

If you’ve already been diagnosed with cancer, you may be questioning why your doctor has ordered an MRI for cancer in Farmington.  Here’s what you need to know.

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging diagnostic is not only capable of finding cancer in the body, it’s capable of determining if tumors are benign or malignant (non-cancerous or cancerous), as well as provide more information about the size, location and implications of the tumor for adjacent tissue.

The MRI for cancer will also inform doctors about the way forward, surgically.  Once you’re undergoing treatment, or have had surgery, the MRI reveals how successful treatment/surgery has been.

What it does

Without using radiation, the magnets and radio waves used in MRI technology produce computer-generated images of organs and tissue in fine detail.

Resembling a large donut, the MRI is a tube the patient is positioned in.  Not all MRI machines are the same, with some being less confining.  Generally safe enough for testing even pregnant women, this technology looks inside the body, producing images which guide the actions and recommendations of your doctor.

How to prepare

Your doctor will discuss with you all preparations required, but some patients are instructed not to eat for a specified period prior to the test.

You’ll also discuss all medications you’re currently taking and whether you’re allergic to any prescription drugs. If you have medical appliances in your body which are made from metal or have any kind of metal lodged inside your body due to an accident, you must reveal this to your doctor, as the MRI’s magnetic force is powerful.

Those with pacemakers can’t undergo an MRI for this reason.

Because the MRI is noisy, patients are encouraged to bring preferred music with them to distract themselves from the sound of the machine and help them lay as still as possible.  Moving during the imaging diagnostic can affect image quality, making the captures less subject to accurate interpretation.

Before your testing, you’ll be asked to remove any metal jewelry, watches and hair pins.  You’ll be asked to change into a hospital gown.

Other things to know

Some patients may be given a contrast medium (medical dye) either orally or by IV.  This dye provides more clarity for imaging.

Your exam may last up to 90 minutes, with imaging sequences taking up to 15 minutes each.  Much depends on your diagnosis and part of the body affected.

It’s important that you let your technician know before testing begins if you suffer from claustrophobia.  If you do, you’ll be given oral anti-anxiety medication. If you’re claustrophobic and need this medication, please arrange for a member of your family or a friend to drive you home after your MRI.

You’ll be asked to remain on the table until your images are reviewed, in case the attending technician requires more images.

The results of your testing will be forwarded to your doctor and then, shared with you.

XRANM has been bringing state-of-the-art radiology like MRIs to New Mexico for over 65 years.  Contact us.