The four case scenarios found in this section will help you examine your clinical skills and knowledge. Consider how you might approach each case as a practising Canadian magnetic resonance technologist.
Mr. Patrick Lavigne, a 25 year old male, has come to the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) department for an MRI of his brain. His clinical symptoms include numbness of the extremities, altered gait, and visual field disturbances. The technologist was performing the multiple sclerosis brain protocol and the following images were acquired.
Mrs. Saniya Patel, a 65 year old woman with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy arrives in the MRI department in a wheelchair. Her past surgical history is extensive, including surgeries of her heart, abdomen and shoulder. Her referring physician has requested a cardiac MRI to evaluate the extent of the disease.
Patty, a 10 year old girl, arrives in the MRI department with her mother for an MRI of her brain. She has headaches and has a family history of aneurysms. During the screening process she is very nervous and her mother states that she may be claustrophobic. The technologist tells Patty that the test will take approximately 20 minutes. They will do everything possible to help her complete the procedure successfully.
Mr. Adam Majewski, a 45 year old male patient is in the ICU department. He requires an MRI of his brain and cervical spine. Upon arrival in the MRI department the technologist notices that he is in a cervical collar. The patient is semi conscious, uncooperative and will require full sedation.