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Why should physicians consider a full-body MRI for their patients?

Jul. 28 2020 by Emily Jacobs
Why should physicians consider a full-body MRI for their patients?

As the U.S. healthcare industry moves to a value-based model that emphasizes high-quality patient care and lower costs, preventive care has become more important than ever. Wide use of preventive care and health screenings can benefit patients, providers, and payers.

By detecting health issues early, providers can identify and develop a more effective treatment approach. This improves patient outcomes and potentially lowers health costs, keeping the practice compliant with value-based standards.

Using preventive services also empowers patients by giving them health knowledge that allows them to advocate for their own health. Preventive care and screening services are especially useful for identifying and treating chronic health issues, such as cancer, heart disease, and chronic kidney disease. These conditions can become devastating if left untreated, driving up health costs and reducing a patient’s quality of life.

Using MRI for preventive care

A full-body MRI scan can help patients and physicians monitor health in a variety of ways, including:

  • Screening for certain types of cancer, including ovarian and prostate cancers
  • Monitoring for complications after surgery
  • Identifying anomalies in the brain and spinal cord
  • Monitoring the effectiveness of treatments

A full-body MRI is one of the best options for screening for disease, including cancer and other forms of organ or tissue damage. MRI scans provide detailed results that can identify early-stage and even asymptomatic conditions.

Diseases may affect multiple parts of the body at the same time. Physicians can use a full-body MRI scan to examine multiple organs at once, gaining a holistic view of a patient’s health that can better inform the decisions of both patient and provider.

A patient who has recently recovered from a serious disease or surgery could receive a full-body MRI to detect any lingering damage or monitor healing progress. Doctors can recommend more specific treatments and lifestyle changes to address the MRI findings.

Advantages of MRI for patients

There are many different medical imaging modalities available, but MRI scans bring specific benefits. Full-body MRI scans do not expose patients or technicians to harmful radiation. This makes them ideal for preventive care and regular screening, since a patient can receive MRI scans more often, with no radiation risk for themselves or the technicians.

MRI scans do not require special preparation ahead of time, and have no downtime. Patients can resume their normal activities immediately afterward.

Full-body MRI scans are painless and non-invasive, yet can create highly detailed images of tissues deep in the body. Because MRI results are so detailed, they can be used to confirm the findings of other imaging tests, such as ultrasound and CT.

Researchers have noted that full-body MRI scans can substitute for PET/CT scans when screening for cancer. MRI scans can also provide information about other findings that PET/CT screening cannot detect.

Ezra aims to make full-body MRI screenings available to everyone. Combining artificial intelligence and advanced medical imaging technology, our process helps detect a variety of cancers and other conditions early, when they are most treatable. Our Ezra full-body MRI scans are analyzed by radiologists for accurate results. Get started now to take control of your own health with proactive screenings.