Do you get results from an mri right away?

If you get results right away from your mri, you are probably in the clear.

However, if your results take a while to come back, this could be a sign that you have a more serious medical condition. This can include:

  • Blood clots
  • A stroke
  • A heart attack
  • An abnormal heartbeat
  • Problems with your liver or kidneys
  • A tumor
  • A tumor that is slowing your heart rate

The results from an mri are often much quicker than those from a traditional CT scan. If you get results from an mri after a few weeks, it’s probably not a big deal.

But if your results take a few months to come back, it could mean you have a more serious problem.

What does that mean for me?

If your mri comes back with the results you want, you’re good to go.

If your results come back with results that you don’t want, it could mean you have a serious medical condition.

You should see your doctor right away to figure out what’s going on.

How long does the test take?

Your results from an mri will come back after a few days.

How long is a few days?

A CT scan of your neck can take about an hour.

A mri takes about 1020 minutes.

What tests do I need?

Your doctor will probably order one or more tests to figure out what’s going on with you.

What tests do you need?

You might need one or more of the following tests:

  • Blood tests, including a CT scan of your head and neck.
  • A chest CT scan.
  • A test of your urine to look for kidney stones.
  • An electrocardiogram.
  • An echocardiogram.
  • A stress test.
  • An MRI scan.
  • A spinal tap to look for problems with your spine.
  • A blood test to check your blood sugar.
  • An electroencephalogram.
  • An endoscopy.

How often do I need this test?

You can usually get this test done once a year.

What do I need to do to prepare?

You’ll need to tell your doctor if you’ve been taking any medications, including over-the-counter drugs, herbal supplements, and drugs.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you’re taking. Some of these may affect your results from an mri.

You might also need to stop taking any nonprescription medications including those for:

  • Anxiety
  • High blood pressure
  • Migraines
  • Sinus infections

You might need to stop taking any vitamins and herbal supplements.

What happens next?

If your doctor decides to order an mri, he or she will schedule an appointment for you.

The appointment will be scheduled so that you can get ready. For example, you might need to get up and walk around or rest in a chair.

You’ll get instructions on how to prepare for the test. For example, you might need to fast for eight to 12 hours before the test. Or you might need to drink a clear liquid before the test.

The doctor will also talk to you about any risks that might come up before the test.

What are the risks?

The risks from an mri are the same as those from any other type of test. These are the same things that could result from the test:

  • Having a bad reaction to the contrast dye used in the test
  • Getting a blood clot in the vein of your arm
  • Having a heart attack
  • Having a stroke
  • Having a heart attack or stroke

These risks are a lot lower than the risks you might get from a heart attack or stroke.

What do my results mean?

Your doctor will be able to tell you what the results mean right away.


Your doctor will have a report for you to read. It will tell you everything about your test.

Here’s a quick look at the results from an mri of your head and neck:

  • Normal: The test shows no abnormalities.
  • Abnormal: The test shows some problems with the brain, spinal cord, or other parts of your body.
  • Abnormal and possible: The test shows problems with one or more of those areas, but there might not be enough information to be sure.

What’s the next step?

If your doctor decides that the mri was a good choice, you’ll need to see a cardiologist. A cardiologist is a doctor who specializes in heart conditions. He or she can help you decide what’s going on with your heart.

This may include:

  • Seeing a cardiologist if you have blood clots
  • Stopping some of your medicines
  • Stopping some of your vitamins and herbal supplements

You might also need help with other heart conditions.

How much does this test cost?

The cost of a mri can vary a lot. The cost depends on where you live and what type of mri your doctor wants to do.

For example, your insurance company might not pay for this test. You might need to pay out-of-pocket.

The cost can vary because there are so many factors involved.

What about a CT scan of my head and neck?

A CT scan of your head and neck can cost a lot, ranging from $500 to $3,500.

If your insurance doesn’t cover it, you might need to pay for it yourself.

How do I get more information?

If you would like more information about your mri results or to talk to your doctor, you can call our toll-free helpline at 8008386386.

In addition, you can also chat online with a physician with questions about your mri results.

The takeaway

MRI scans are useful for diagnosing certain health conditions. They are often used to diagnose tumors and other abnormalities.

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