Mobile MRI scanners can be used to detect a wide variety of diseases in patients. All parts of the body can be scanned and produce images for radiologists and physicians to properly diagnose patients. Find out how mobile MRI scanners can help detect brain aneurysms.
A brain aneurysm is when there is weakness in an artery that supplies blood to the brain. If the artery were to rupture, it would send blood into a patient's skull, which then leads to a stroke. The result of a brain aneurysm is either brain damage or even death, depending on how severe the bleeding is. Unfortunately, there are no visible signs or symptoms of a brain aneurysm so they often go unnoticed.
Since there are virtually no signs or symptoms of a brain aneurysm in a person, the way in which they are detected is through running other tests. If a patient has a scan with a mobile MRI for one potential issue, the brain aneurysm can be detected. A magnetic reasoning angiogram (MRA) may also be used to detect brain aneurysms in patients.
When a patient is about to have a test using a mobile MRI scan, the physician may require special procedures beforehand. Typically, the patient can just go about his or her daily routine before the scan. In some cases if there is a special procedure, the physician may require the patient to have a restricted diet up until the time of the scan. For all patients undergoing an MRI scan, all jewelry and metal objects to be removed from the patient's body.
After a brain aneurysm has been detected by a mobile MRI the physicians need to take immediate action in order to treat the patient before it ruptures. In a situation like this one, the physician has a few options for possible surgeries depending on a few factors, such as the patient's age, the severity of the brain aneurysm, and whether or not it has ruptured yet or not. Some procedures are riskier than others so the physician will determine the best road to take for treating the patient. Because of the critical nature of brain aneurysms, physicians need to work quickly.