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Having tooth implants or fillings shouldn’t stop you from having an MRI scan. But it’s important to let your radiographer know if you have any of these so they can make the right decision. Metal tooth implants and crowns may affect the pictures created by the MRI scanner if you’re having your head scanned – you can check with your dentist to find out if there is metal in your teeth.
If you’re claustrophobic, you may still be able to have an MRI scan. Although MRI scanners resemble a tunnel, they are open at either end so you won’t be completely enclosed at any time. You can communicate with your radiographer via a buzzer if you feel uncomfortable during the procedure. And they may recommend you listen to music or use a sedative if necessary. Contact the radiography department where you’re having your scan when your appointment comes through to discuss your options.
There are lots of differences between MRI scans and CT scans. An MRI scan takes images of your soft tissues and doesn’t use any radiation. CT scans use radiation and can sometimes be a quicker procedure. Your doctor will be able to decide which is the appropriate option for your needs.
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