The human hand involves a set of tissues for holding and grabbing, with multi-digit extremities at the end of the forelimbs. Hands are usually the chief organs for environment manipulation, used for motor skills, and have great positioning capability of your body. The human’s sense of touch is directly associated with the hands. Because of its sensitivity, majority of soft tissue lesions are incurred in our hands.
Though undergoing a hand and wrist MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) only gets a detailed imaging of that specific body part instead of a full body scan, the patient is still asked to lie down on a table, while the MRI machine slowly slides down the individual into the magnetic tunnel. During the body scan, the patient is told to stay still for 30 to 60 minutes, with both arms by the side, and the dorsum of the hands should be parallel to the magnetic plane. Though there are special cases during the body scan where some patients are scanned facing down with their arms positioned above their head, although this appears more uncomfortable compared to a supine position.
MRI’s capture a highly-detailed image of your internal structures, along with 3-Dimensional body scans obtained by the machine to closely inspect other internal elements, such as tumors, inflammations, and cancer cells.
Most people who are mostly suggested to undergo a hand and wrist MRI are patients who feel wrist pains without any visible swelling, difficulty in manipulating their fingers, intermittent pain on dorsum, carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms, and those diagnosed with broken fingers and ligaments within the limb. Although most cases of hand and wrist injuries are considered benign, and can be ruled out for any terminal disease or illnesses. MRI on hand and wrist can be considered for preventive measures as well. There are also soft tissue infection on the hands, in which MRI’s can help pinpoint the presence of fluid signals and Osteomyelitis, an acute or chronic bone infection.
Most of the soft tissue lesions on the hand and wrist are mild, in which a specific diagnosis of the mass can be quite easy to be made. Therefore, getting an MRI on your hand and plus wrist is mainly done to detect what causes the pain in that region for diagnosis, although as already mentioned earlier, preventive scanning can also be applied to the hand and wrist MRI’s for locating probable malignant elements.