It helps in detection of pharynx related soft tissue lesions and to detect its nature.
It helps in local staging of neoplastic lesions and to assess its extensions along the surrounding structures.
Patients with complaints related to the pharynx as difficult swallowing and those with symptoms suggestive of neoplastic soft tissue lesions
Patients with mechanically/magnetically activated devices as cardiac pacemaker, cochlear implants.
Patients with metallic foreign body in the eye.
Pregnant women in the first trimester (benefits versus risk to be assessed).
Patients with ferromagnetic surgical clips or prosthesis
IV contrast administration in suspected neoplastic conditions
No preparation needed for the non-contrast study.
Patient should be food fasting 4-6 hrs before the exam in case of contrast enhanced study only. Adequate hydration is needed and recent kidney function test should be available at the time of your examination.
In case of claustrophobic patients, the examination can be done in one of our open MRI machines or under anesthesia
MRI can scan the pharynx in about 15-20 minutes while the patient is lying comfortably on MRI table. Resting respiration and avoid swallowing during each scan interval which last for few minutes each. You can swallow in the interval between each image group following the instruction of the operator
The examination is done in all our branches on any of our closed or open MRI machines
No after care or precautions needed following non contrast enhanced study.
In case of contrast enhanced study drinking plenty of water is advised to help to wash out the injected IV contrast material out of your body except if you are on fluid balance for renal or cardiac condition you may consult your physician and in case of lactating mothers it is advised to escape lactation for 24 hrs after the contrast injection