Although some people believe that MRI scans of your mouth and jaw are not safe, this is not true. All doctors and radiologists who are trained in MRI scanning are required to follow strict guidelines to keep your safety in mind when conducting an MRI scan.
The safety of using MRI scans to look at your mouth and jaw is very high, and this is because the image of the mouth and jaw is not directly scanned. The image of the mouth and jaw is generated from the radio waves that are sent through you. The radiation from the MRI is significantly lower than radiation that is used to scan the body.
MRI scan of the mouth
MRI scan of the jaw
Does the MRI scan of the mouth and jaw hurt?
MRI scans are very safe. The scan itself is not painful, but the contrast fluid used to make the images is very strong. The contrast fluid is injected into your veins, and it goes through the blood vessels into your tissues. After the scan is completed, your doctor will remove the contrast fluid from your body.
The contrast fluid used in the MRI scan is not harmful. It will not enter your bloodstream, but it will still be there for several hours, which is why you will need to avoid eating or drinking for several hours after the scan. You will also need to avoid getting your blood pressure checked or having your blood drawn for several hours and for a few days after the scan.
If you have any kind of aneurysm or an arterial problem such as a heart attack or stroke, you should not have an MRI scan of your mouth and jaw. The scan will not pick up the problem, but it will still be there for a long time, and it may cause problems if it gets infected.
MRIs of the jaw
MRIs of the jaw can cause some discomfort because of the strong magnetic forces that your teeth and body are put through.
You will need to avoid eating or drinking for several hours after the scan. You may feel hungry, thirsty, or nauseous, but you should still be able to eat soft foods if you want to. If you feel any kind of pain or discomfort, do not have the scan.
The same applies if you had an MRI scan of your neck.
How long does the MRI scan of the mouth and jaw take?
The MRI scan of the mouth and jaw takes 23 minutes, and it can be done on an outpatient basis. You can be back to your normal activities in a few hours, although you may need to stay in your room overnight.
How much does the MRI scan of the mouth and jaw cost?
The cost of the MRI scan of the mouth and jaw depends on your insurance. If you have Medicare, you may be able to get a copayment.
A copayment is the amount that you have to pay for a service or item before you get reimbursement for the amount that you have to pay.
How much does a mouth MRI cost?
The cost of an MRI scan of the mouth and jaw varies widely. The cost can range from $350 to $500. Most insurance plans don’t cover the cost of the scan. Ask your doctor about the cost of the scan, and ask if any part of the cost can be paid out of your pocket.
Are the MRI scan results used to diagnose a medical condition?
The results of an MRI scan cannot be used to diagnose a medical condition.
How often will I need to repeat the MRI scan of the mouth and jaw?
Most MRI scans are for diagnostic purposes, and they are not meant to be repeated. A dental specialist or an endodontist may request a repeat MRI scan if they think that the MRI scan is not accurate or that something has changed in the area of concern.
Is the MRI scan of the mouth and jaw safe?
The MRI scan of the mouth and jaw is very safe. However, there are some parts of the body that are more sensitive to radiation than others. Your doctor will tell you how to take care of yourself if you get an MRI scan of your mouth or jaw.
MRI scan of the mouth and jaw: Safety tips
- If you are pregnant: Do not have an MRI scan of the mouth and jaw during the first half of your pregnancy. This is because the radiation from the MRI scan could harm your baby.
- If you have a pacemaker: Do not have an MRI scan of the mouth and jaw during the first few months after you have a pacemaker.
- If you have any kind of aneurysm or an arterial problem such as a heart attack or stroke: Do not have an MRI scan of the mouth and jaw unless your doctor has told you to do so.
If you are concerned about the safety of an MRI scan
If you have any concerns about the safety of an MRI scan of the mouth and jaw, talk to your doctor.
MRI scan of the mouth and jaw: side effects
MRI scans can cause some minor side effects, such as:
- Feeling tired
- Shortness of breath, especially if you have an aneurysm or have recently had a stroke
MRI scan of the mouth and jaw: risks
MRI scans use a strong magnetic field. The body’s cells and tissues are very sensitive to radiation. There is a slight risk that the MRI scan will not work as well for you.
This risk is small. However, if you have an aneurysm or a stroke, you should not have an MRI scan of the mouth and jaw.
If an MRI scan of the mouth and jaw is done on a child, the risk is even greater. The radiation could possibly cause the child’s brain to become damaged.
The bottom line
MRI scans of the mouth and jaw are safe and can help your doctor give better care.
An MRI scan of the mouth and jaw is very common. It is an important tool to help diagnose and treat some medical conditions.
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