Medserena Hand MRI scan
MRI scan of the hand; non-invasive procedure to help diagnose medical conditions relating to the tendons, muscles, cartilage, ligaments and bones of the hand, price includes:
- Open and Upright MRI scan
- 45 minutes appointment
- Radiologist findings report
Images on USB at the end of the scanand available to NHS trusts via IEP on request
- Complimentary refreshments
Please wear metal free clothing and if possible, avoid wearing any jewellery. Alternatively, Medserena can provide you with a gown to change into for your scan. Scroll down for more hand MRI scan information.
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About Hand MRI scans
A hand MRI scan can reveal the cause of pain, stiffness, swelling, weakness, nerve tingling and numbness, giving an in-depth, three-dimensional view of its intricate soft tissue structures and bones.
An upright hand MRI scan allows the hand to be examined in a comfortable upright sitting position from different angles, enabling patients to be scanned in the position that is causing pain.
The hand consists of 27 bones making up the wrist, palm, fingers, thumb joints and knuckles, with an intricate network of blood vessels, muscles, tendons, nerves, joints, and ligaments. These are arranged to roll, spin, and slide allowing the hand to explore and control the environment and objects.
What problems can a hand MRI scan detect?
Here are some of the conditions a hand MRI scan may diagnose.
- Arthritis: Osteoarthritis Hand osteoarthritis (OA) is a common chronic condition involving one or more joints of the thumb and fingers. It causes pain, reduced grip strength, loss of range of motion (ROM), and joint stiffness leading to impaired hand function and difficulty with daily activities. Estimates of the prevalence of symptomatic hand OA range from 13 to 26 per cent and is more common in women. The pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis, where the body’s immune system attacks its own tissue, including joints, is often felt in the hands and feet. This damage can weaken tendons and cause joints to be misaligned or deformed. A significant amount of joint damage happens early in the disease process, which is why early diagnosis and treatment is important.
- Gout, a form of inflammatory arthritis, can also cause joint damage in the hand, due to crystals building up in the joints.
- Tendonitis: De Quervain’s syndrome This occurs when the tendons around the base of the thumb are irritated or constricted. The word tendinosis refers to a swelling of the tendons. Swelling of the tendons, and the tendon sheath, can cause pain and tenderness along the thumb side of the wrist. This is particularly noticeable when forming a fist, grasping, or gripping something, or when turning the wrist. It sometimes needs surgical decompression of the tendon.
- Trigger finger: This painful condition causes the thumb or finger to become stuck in a fixed position.
- Peripheral neuropathy: Nerve damage can cause numbness, pain and weakness in the hands and feet as a result of injuries, or underlying conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes.
- Dupuytren’s contracture: This is when one or more of the fingers bend in a fixed position towards the palm. It is caused by a benign thickening of the connective tissue of the palm and fingers and can lead to string-like cords developing under the skin. Severe cases can be treated with injections or surgery.
Other benefits of a Medserena hand MRI Scan
Open MRI scanners are a stress-free alternative to using a conventional enclosed tunnel MRI scanner, providing comfort and reassurance for people who suffer from anxiety or claustrophobia.
The open front means patients can speak to a friend or relative or watch television throughout as a distraction.
Open MRI scans can also accommodate some larger/heavier patients who might have difficulty fitting comfortably into a conventional tunnel scanner, as they can take weights of up to 35 stone (226kg). However, suitability depends on the patient’s build and the areas of the anatomy that need to be scanned.
Available to self-pay clients, clients with private health insurance and NHS patients where prior funding has been agreed by a clinical commissioning group.
The Upright MRI is truly open. There are no tunnels, no narrow tubes. The system is particularly quiet, the examination is comfortable and does not trigger feelings of being in a confined space. This means that the Upright MRI is particularly tolerated by patients who suffer from “claustrophobia”.
Because the system offers you an unrestricted view, you can watch TV or see DVD movies on a large screen during the scan. Wearing headphones – as with other MRI systems – is usually not necessary.
According to the current state of knowledge, there is no danger to the patient’s health as magnetic resonance imaging only uses magnetic fields and radio waves.
Metallic foreign bodies within the patient, such as fixed dental prosthesis, artificial joints or metal plates after treatment for a fracture do not usually pose any danger. However, it is important to clarify that the implants you use are MRI-compatible before the examination.
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) utilises a large magnet, radio waves and a computer to form images of your body. It is non-invasive, painless and does not use any ionising radiation.
Our truly open MRI can scan you in different positions. Through the utilisation of a specially designed MRI system we can offer weight-bearing scans – sitting or standing. The design of the system allows the patient to be positioned in different postures (e.g. flexion or extension) so that the patient may be examined in the position where they experience pain. The reason to do this is that some pathologies are underestimated or even not seen in a conventional supine MRI scan. The technique has value in many applications: e.g. spine, knees, hips, ankles. This has been proven in scientific studies and documented in peer reviewed publications.
In addition, it offers the possibility of performing an MRI scan on patients who could not otherwise tolerate the examination. This may include the claustrophobic patient, who benefits from the truly open nature of the equipment, and the severely kyphotic patient or emphysema sufferer who simply cannot lie down. It can also facilitate scanning of large patients who struggle to fit conventional ‘bore’ MRI scanners.
Of course, we have a comfortable waiting area but if you want them to stay in the scan room with you, they will also need to fill out a safety questionnaire. There is enough space for a companion. The person can even hold your hand and communicate with you during the examination. This is particularly beneficial when examining teenager.
This depends above all on which part of the body needs to be examined. In the Upright MRI, special examinations can be carried out in various body positions. The entire scan generally takes between 30 and 45 minutes. However, since you have the opportunity to watch TV or DVD, this time will go by much quicker.
Eat and drink normally and, unless your doctor tells you otherwise, please continue taking medications as normal. If you have any special needs (e.g. wheelchair access) please inform us when making the appointment.
Your appointment confirmation; referral letter/form; Medical Insurance details if applicable. We accept all major debit/credit cards.
We will provide a gown/clothing for you to wear when you are scanned. If you prefer to wear your own, please ensure that you wear or bring clothing without any metal fasteners, zips or under-wiring as these cannot be worn in the scan room. The changing room can be locked for safe storage of your possessions.
You will be able to walk into the scanner. It has no tunnel or bore. You will be able to hear us and talk with us during your scan if necessary-and we will be able to see you at all times. Due to its open nature, you will even be able to watch TV or a DVD whilst having the scan. Depending on which part of you is being scanned, you may be asked to sit or stand, and assume different postures (for example bending forward.) The radiographer may place a receiver “coil” around the relevant area of your body. You will need to remain very still while the acquisition is done in order to prevent blurring of the images. You will hear some tapping from the scanner but in general it is much quieter than many other MRI scanners.
You will not feel anything while having the scan. There is no pain or unusual feeling of any type and you will experience no after effects.
YES. There are some things that can prevent you from having an MRI scan. You will be asked to complete a safety questionnaire on arrival at the Centre which will cover the contra-indications-but if you are making an appointment and any of the factors below affect you, please discuss this with us in advance as it may save you a wasted trip.
Contra-indications can include:
- Surgical clips
- Metal fragments in the body
- Metal pins/plates/screws
- Joint replacements
- Metal objects in eyes
- Cochlear implants
- IVC filters
- Metal heart valves
- Penile implants
It is also important to tell us if you have any tattoos or piercings.
Watches, jewellery, coins, keys, cigarette lighters, penknives, credit cards. piercings, hairgrips, wigs, nicotine patches, and hearing aids must be removed.
Your scan will be reported by a Consultant Radiologist. It will normally be available in a couple of days unless needed urgently. The images and report will be sent to your referring practitioner. If you have a follow up appointment, please make us aware of the details so we can ensure the report and images are available in time.