When should I get an ultrasound vs an MRI?
With so many options for your diagnostic imaging needs, choosing which scan is best can be a difficult decision. Depending on what your doctor might recommend or what your medical concern may be, an ultrasound or an MRI might be the ideal fit. If you're choosing between these two scans, here's a comparison between the two to help you make the best decision.
So what's the difference?
First, lets know the differences between an MRI and an ultrasound. An ultrasound uses sound waves with frequencies that are above the audible level for humans to hear. An ultrasound’s frequency can produce an image and is usually used to detect distance. Ultrasounds are commonly used on pregnant women, and for some procedures that involves the abdomen.
Next, an MRI is a massive machine that uses magnetic fields to look inside the body. Not only can it look inside the body, but it can look inside the bones and body tissue. As well, MRI’s are often used for spine, neck and back injuries, while it also can detect tumors in the body.
How are they similar?
To compare, these two procedures are both used for looking inside the body. They are both widely used imaging techniques that cause little to no radiation exposure, and are painless procedures that can be done with no preparation to the body.
How are they different?
Even though these two imaging procedures are used by doctors, they are very different in what they can do. MRI’s can see through bone while ultrasounds can see through skin and stomach lining. As well as this, MRI’s create a picture while ultrasounds produce a real time moving view.
In conclusion, ultrasounds are the best for abdominal scans specifically. MRI's are helpful for any specific imaging needs or bone problems. We are here to offer you an advice on if an Open MRI is the procedure for you. If you plan on undergoing an MRI, visit our center for the best care in the Carlsbad area.