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What is the best procedure and precautions to undergo contrast MRI for a small syrinx in spine being on hypothyroid & hypertension medication?

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The best procedure and safeguarts to be taken to undergo contrast mri for a small syrinx at c3 and c4 level in the spine for a person of 70 years old and who has some health conditions and taking some medicines as mention earlier in the case sheet
Posted Sun, 15 Apr 2012 in Brain and Spine
Answered by Dr. Ranjeet Jagdale 12 hours later
Hello Mr Somayjulu,

Thank you for posting your query.

It is safe to undergo contrast MRI for cervical spine as the contrast dose injected would be approximately just 10ml. Since you would be fasting for at least 6hrs for the contrast study it is advisable to skip the morning dose of your antidiabetic drugs. Rest drugs for your hypertension and thyroid can be continued.

However it is advisable to get your serum creatinine levels checked just to know the status of your kidney function. If it in normal limits nothing to worry and hydrate yourself well by drinking good amount of water 4hrs prior to scan and after the scan is done. This should take care of it. MRI contrast agents are very safe otherwise.

Hope this answers your query, Please do write back if you have further concerns.

Wishing you good health.

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