What You Should Know About MRI And CAT Scans

At Ronald W. Ramirez, Attorney at Law , we pride ourselves on being vital resources for our clients dealing with traumatic brain injuries. We focus on educating them on all aspects of their case and give them peace of mind that they have an advocate at their side exploring all options.

One of the more significant issues involves the strengths and weaknesses of CT scans and MRIs.

The Differences Between MRIs And CAT Scans

Computerized (axial) tomography (CT) scans are best for cancer detection, lung/chest imaging and bone injuries. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is better for soft tissue evaluation such as ligament/tendon injuries, possible spinal cord damage and brain tumors.

CT scanners became commercially viable in 1971. Ten years later, the first commercial MRI revealed a significant increase in resolution and choice of imaging sequences. Today, MRIs are more expensive, sometimes twice as much as a CT scan.

The actual time of a CT scan is 30 seconds with the entire procedure taking around five minutes. MRIs are less sensitive to patient movement than CT scans.

CT scans involve a small amount of radiation exposure. In fact, the procedure is not recommended for pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. Conversely, an MRI does not emit any ionizing radiation.

CT scans are noninvasive and painless, but still expose patients to radiation. MRIs, while not providing any known biological hazards, can still affect someone allergic to the contrast dye or those suffering from kidney or liver disorders.

A CT scan outlines bones inside the body, providing detail about the bone structure. While MRIs are less detailed, scans are more versatile in examining a larger variety of medical conditions, including traumatic brain injuries.

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