MRI Of The Neck

  • It helps in diagnosis of the different neck masses and evaluate its relations and extensions.

  • It helps in determination the causes of dysphagia.

  • It evaluates the larynx, the pharynx and the thyroid gland.

  • Patients with history of suspected neck masses, lymphadenopathy or infection who may present with feeling of lump, pain, dysphagia

  • Patients with mechanically/magnetically activated devices as cardiac pacemaker, cochlear implants.

  • Patients with metallic foreign body in the eye.

  • Pregnant women in the first trimester (benefits versus risk to be assessed).

  • Patients with ferromagnetic surgical clips or prosthesis

  • Your physician may request some electro-physiological studies of the optic nerve.

  • IV contrast administration in neoplastic and inflammatory conditions.

  • No preparation needed for the non-contrast study.

  • Patient should be food fasting 4-6 hrs before the exam in case of contrast enhanced study only. Adequate hydration is needed and recent kidney function test should be available at the time of your examination.

  • In case of claustrophobic patients, the examination can be done in one of our open MRI machines or under anesthesia.

MRI can scan the neck in about 15-20 minutes while the patient is lying comfortably on MRI table. Resting respiration and avoid excessive swallowing during each scan interval which last for few minutes each. You can swallow in the interval between each image group following the instruction of the operator

The examination is done on one of our highly advanced MRI machines available in our branches.

  • No after care or precautions needed following non contrast enhanced study.

  • In case of contrast enhanced study drinking plenty of water is advised to help to wash out the injected IV contrast material out of your body except if you are on fluid balance for renal or cardiac condition you may consult your physician and in case of lactating mothers it is advised to escape lactation for 24 hrs after the contrast injection.