What is Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)?
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a technique that allows doctors to see inside the body in remarkable detail without using radiation. Instead, MRI uses a powerful magnet, radio waves, and a sophisticated computer system to produce pictures of various parts of the body. We do require a prescription to ensure we perform the exact test your doctor needs.
We feature High Field and Open MRI machines which provide high quality results and patient comfort.
How do I prepare for my MRI exam?
You may eat, drink, and take your medications prior to your exam. When you arrive you will be asked to complete a questionnaire before your MRI exam. This information is important to ensure your safety. Please read all the questions and disclose if you have had any surgeries, or if you have a pacemaker, aneurysm clips, metal in your eyes, metal implants in your ears, an implanted drug infusion device, shrapnel or bullet wounds, or permanent eyeliner.
You will be asked to remove all metallic items from your person, such as watches, jewelry, hairpins, eyeglasses, and hearing aids. Also, do not take credit, bank, or parking cards with you into the scanner – the magnet will erase the information recorded on the metallic strip. An area for the safekeeping of your valuables is provided outside the scanner area.
What can I expect during my MRI exam?
You will be positioned on the MRI table by the technologist. A device called a coil may be placed over or wrapped around the area to be scanned. You will then be positioned under the magnet.
You will hear a tapping noise as the MRI scans are taken. You will be offered ear plugs or headphones with music to reduce the noise. You are encouraged to bring your own music (compact disc). It is very important to hold completely still while the scan is being performed. At all times, the technologist will be able to see you and communicate with you on a two-way intercom. Most procedures take from thirty to sixty minutes.
For some exams, contrast will be injected into a vein in your arm during the procedure to enhance the images. The contrast used for MRI does not contain iodine.
What will happen following my MRI exam?
After your MRI exam, you may resume your normal activities, diet, and medications unless instructed otherwise by the technologist or your doctor. Any contrast given for your exam will be eliminated in a day or two.
Your examination will be reviewed by the radiologist after the exam has been completed. Results will be available to your referring physician within 24-48 hours unless you request a two hour preliminary report when you schedule your appointment. Before you leave you will also receive a copy of the images on a CD.