Brain & Spine Specialists

Neurologists & Neurosurgeons located in Panama City, FL

An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a powerful diagnostic tool that allows your doctor to examine the inside of your body. The neurologists at Brain & Spine Specialists in Panama City, Florida, offer on-site MRIs and have a scanner that is shorter and wider than a traditional MRI machine to provide a more open and less claustrophobic feel. If you need an MRI, call Brain & Spine Specialists or make an appointment online today.


What is an MRI?

An MRI is a diagnostic imaging study that creates images of your organs and other internal structures with a combination of a large magnet, radio frequencies, and a computer to create the images. MRIs don’t use radiation like other imaging tests and are extremely safe for almost every patient.

An MRI scanner is a cylindrical tube. It creates a magnetic field and uses radio waves to disrupt the natural alignment of the hydrogen atoms in your body. Those atoms generate a signal when they return to their correct location. The scanner picks up those signals and uses them to create a two-dimensional image.

Why would I need an MRI?

The neurologists at Brain & Spine Specialists use MRIs to study your brain and your spine and look for signs of issues that could contribute to symptoms such as back pain, peripheral numbness, and weakness, or migraines. Some of the conditions your neurologist can diagnose with an MRI include:

  • Tumors
  • Abscesses
  • Aneurysms
  • Blood vessel problems
  • Bleeding in the brain or spine
  • Fluid on the brain
  • Subdural hematoma
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Infections or inflammation in the brain or spine
  • Herniated discs

MRIs are useful diagnostic tools that help your neurologist identify the condition causing your symptoms and create a customized treatment plan to relieve your symptoms and improve your health.

How should I prepare for an MRI?

In most cases, you don’t need to do anything special to prepare for an MRI. You should wear comfortable clothing on the day of your appointment, although you will likely be given a gown to wear during the procedure.

Make sure to let your doctor know if you have any allergies, have any metal in your body, or if you think you might be pregnant. If confined spaces make you anxious, make sure to let your doctor know. While the MRI scanner at Brain & Spine Specialists isn’t as enclosed as a traditional scanner, you need to be calm and relaxed so you can stay still for the duration of the MRI.

What happens during an MRI?

During your MRI, you wear a hospital gown and earplugs while you lay on a moveable table that slides into the center of the MRI cylinder. You must lie perfectly still, so the images are as clear as possible.

MRIs are painless and usually take 10-60 minutes. After your MRI, you can get right back to your regular activities.

If you need an MRI, call Brain & Spine Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.