The healthcare world has benefitted tremendously from the stunning progress in the world of technology. Among many of the mind-blowing solutions that have revolutionized the word diagnosis completely, MRI in Pakistan probably tops the charts. The imaging technique is super helpful in sketching a detailed image of the organs and tissues of the human body. How does it work? Who needs an MRI? What is the cost range? We answer these and many other questions, with a special reference to the situation in Pakistan, a country that is in dire need of a total turnaround in the healthcare sector.
When is MRI needed?
The first nut to crack in this discussion is the abbreviation. MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging. As the name indicates, this technique focuses on generating a detailed image of the internal state of the body by using a combination of a magnetic field and computer-generated radio waves. Why MRIs are suggested is the next question that needs to be answered. Well, MRI is an imaging technique of the brain and spinal cord. More often than not, the reason for undergoing an MRI is to establish the presence of a nervous system disease or disorder. Some of the common conditions because of which MRI might be performed include aneurysms of cerebral vessels, spinal cord disorders, strokes, and tumors to name a few. Trauma resulting from an accident can also necessitate an MRI.
What happens during an MRI test?
Now, some of you must be worried about the events of an MRI. This section of the discussion will serve to dispel any qualms that you might have about the process as we narrate the procedure in the simplest words possible. The zero-step also known as the preparatory step, is all about preparing yourself mentally for the procedure. Since the procedure is mainly invasive, no special preparatory steps need to be taken. However, you will be asked to remove any wearable items which might interfere with the process of magnetic imaging. Some of these items include watches, wigs, and artificial jewellery.
Now coming towards the main question, the person undergoing an MRI is asked to lie inside the MRI machine. The machine is just like a long narrow tube, but don’t be worried, you can still talk to the technician in the next room. An emergency phone is installed in the room next to the one containing the MRI machine! If you are claustrophobic, you will be given a sleeping pill. Sleeping through the process might actually be a good idea since the machine produces loud thumping noises, which some people find extremely disturbing. However, that is only because they forget to put the muffs on! In some MRI scans, there is a need to produce sharp images of the internal tissues and muscles. To achieve that objective, a contrast material called gadolinium is used. Don’t worry! It is completely safe and non-allergenic.
While there is no doubt on the efficiency of the procedure, there is no denying the fact that MRIs can cost the person undergoing them quite a fortune. A brain MRI can cost as much as one thousand USD, which is considered quite a hefty sum, especially in countries like Pakistan. It is pertinent to mention here that this is not an exact figure by any means. The cost can vary tremendously from one machine to another and from one institute to another.
MRI in Pakistan
Pakistan is a country where most of the healthcare facilities are acquired by paying money out of your pocket. The costs associated with MRI are tremendous, as mentioned in the previous section. Hence, most people delay the procedure as long as they can since they can’t afford it in the first place. But thanks to some organizations working for the healthcare sector in Pakistan, the underprivileged members of the society have some hope to bank on. And one organization that stands out in this regard is Transparent Hands.
Transparent Hands: Redeeming the hopeless in Pakistan
Transparent Hands is the largest technological platform for crowdfunding in the healthcare sector of Pakistan. It offers a complete range of free healthcare services including medical and surgical treatments, medical camps, and telehealth facilities to the underprivileged community of Pakistan. The platform provides visibility to underprivileged patients and builds a personal and trusted bond between patients and donors while ensuring complete transparency. It also sets up free medical camps in the rural areas of Pakistan in which, free medical consultation, free medicines, and free diagnostic tests are provided to deserving patients. Donors from all over the world can use the Transparent Hands crowdfunding web portal and donate through 100% secure payment modes. They could select any patient, fund the treatment, and receive regular feedback and updates until the patient has recovered completely.
When you calculate your zakat this Ramadan, maybe donating to Transparent Hands is an option that you can consider. Many cannot afford this costly procedure on their own, and maybe, it is your donation that will help them undergo the procedure. Just an idea we thought you might consider as well! Otherwise, donating to any credible organization is the best decision that you can make right now.
MRI future in Pakistan
The limited system availability has not let MRI become an easily available technique in counties like Pakistan. One must visit a big hospital and book a bed in its radiology department. Limited specialist availability in the country is another challenge that needs to be countered. Not enough radiologists are coming forward, who can interpret the images accurately. The same follows for technicians as well, especially in third-world countries like Pakistan. MRI in neurology has its own specific set of challenges. It is an effective imaging technique, but who is interpreting the reports matters as well. The aforementioned issues need to be addressed on an immediate basis for a secure future of MRI in the country. Only then this technique can be established as an effective tool in diagnosis in the country.