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Cranial MRI

What does it consist of?

First of all they will administer contrast to mark the area to study, if necessary. Afterwards you should be stretched in the resonance remaining as calm as possible throughout the scan.

The test can last from 20 to 45 minutes depending on the study being performed. During this time it is important that you remain still.

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Who is it for?

Cranial MRI can help diagnose:

  • Developmental abnormalities
  • Hydrocephalus – dilation of the spaces with fluid within the brain (ventricles)
  • Causes of epilepsy (seizures)
  • Infections
  • Stroke
  • Brain tumors
  • Certain chronic diseases such as multiple sclerosis
  • Bleeding in certain trauma patients
  • Diseases of the eyes and inner ear
  • Pituitary gland disease
  • Vascular problems such as an aneurysm (a balloon-shaped expansion of a blood vessel), arterial occlusion (blockage), or venous thrombosis (a blood clot inside a vein)
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