Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a medical imaging procedure used to visualize detailed internal organs and tissues. This exam allows the radiologist to visualize and evaluate structures that may not be visualized as well in other modalities. MRI is the best procedure for evaluating neuro, musckuloskeletal, and body pathology. Unlike other imaging modalities MRI doesn’t use ionizing radiation; therefore it is generally a safe procedure.MRI uses a strong magnetic field along with radio waves. By using both the magnetic field and radio waves, a rotating magnetic field is produced and detected by the MR scanner. Once detected this information is stored as an image. These images provide good contrast between the soft tissues of the body and help aid the radiologist in distinguishing normal healthy anatomy for that which is pathologic. According on what the doctor needs to visualize, a contrast agent may be used. This contrast is given intravenously (IV) and helps to see various structures, such as blood vessels, tumors, infection or inflammation more clearly.
No special prep is needed prior to the exam. Please take your medications, eat and drink as you normally would. No special clothing is required; we just ask that you wear loose clothing without zippers or any other metal. A safety screening form will be provided for you to complete to the best of your knowledge.We ask that you remove all other items from your body as well, such as:
MRI can be a safe and non-invasive exam as long as you are aware of MR contraindications and you make the tech aware of any problems or questions you may have. As previously mentioned, the MR scanner works with a combination of radio waves and a strong magnet so be sure to inform us if you have any of the following contraindications:
If you have had ANY prior surgery or injury involving metal please tell the MR tech before entering the MR room. Anything metallic on or in you can degrade the quality of the images. Also, if placed in the magnetic field (MR room) these metallic substances can cause discomfort or even injury.
Our GE open flare short bore magnets decrease claustrophobia because at least part of your body is out of the machine at all times. The scanner is also open on both ends, so you are never closed in. The scanner is equipped with lights inside, fans and angled mirrors to help see out. We will provide a wash cloth to place over your eyes, as this my ease the anxiety of being placed in the scanner.
The radiologist will review you images and we will send a report to your physician within 24-48 hours. Please follow up with your physician to get your MRI results.