What is Lower Leg MRI?
Lower Leg MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan of the leg uses strong magnets to create pictures of the leg. A leg MRI also creates pictures of the knee. MRI does not use radiation (x-rays). Single MRI images are called slices. The images can be stored on a computer or printed on film. One exam produces many images.
Who should get this test?
Your doctor may order an MRI of the leg if you have:
- A mass that can be felt on a physical exam
- An abnormal finding on an x-ray or bone scan
- Birth defects of the leg, ankle, or foot
- Bone pain and fever
- Broken bone
- Decreased motion of the ankle joint
- Pain, swelling, or redness in a leg
- Redness or swelling of the ankle joint
- Leg pain and a history of cancer
- Leg, foot, or ankle pain that does not get better with treatment
Is there radiation involved?
No. An MRI is a painless radiology technique that has the advantages of avoiding radiation exposure.
When will I receive my results?
Once completed, you will receive your results within 3-5 business days in your LabFinder portal.
How do I prepare? Do I need to fast?
Please refer to the simple preparation guidelines or consult with your doctor or radiology center where you are being treated. Do not forget to bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.