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What can an MRI show in hand?

What can an MRI show in hand?

MRI imaging of the hand is performed to evaluate:

  • Thin articular hyaline cartilage as well as the ligaments and intrinsic structures of the hand and fingers.
  • Assessment of tendons, ligaments and intricate pulley systems of the fingers.

How does an MRI identify images?

MRI interpretation Systematic approach

  1. Start by checking the patient and image details.
  2. Look at all the available image planes.
  3. Compare the fat-sensitive with the water-sensitive images looking for abnormal signal.
  4. Correlate the MRI appearances with available previous imaging.
  5. Relate your findings to the clinical question.

How is an MRI of the Finger done?

You may be asked to remove jewelry, glasses, and any metal objects or clothing that may interfere with the images. During the exam you will be placed on a table and positioned inside the center of a large tube-like scanner with openings at both ends. Affected hand or finger will then be placed in a MRI coil.

How long does an MRI take on the hand?

The length of a hand MRI is typically 20-25 minutes if it is without contrast. The scan will take approximately 30-35 minutes if an injection is needed.

How do I know if my image is CT scan or MRI?

Both MRIs and CT scans can view internal body structures. However, a CT scan is faster and can provide pictures of tissues, organs, and skeletal structure. An MRI is highly adept at capturing images that help doctors determine if there are abnormal tissues within the body. MRIs are more detailed in their images.

Can an MRI show nerve damage in hand?

An MRI may be able help identify structural lesions that may be pressing against the nerve so the problem can be corrected before permanent nerve damage occurs. Nerve damage can usually be diagnosed based on a neurological examination and can be correlated by MRI scan findings.