MRI Scan

What Is an MRI Scan?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging – MRI uses radio waves and a strong magnetic field rather than x-rays to provide clear and detailed pictures of internal organs and tissues. Doctors use MRI to examine soft tissues – like organs, muscle, cartilage, ligaments and tendons. It is also helpful when looking at the brain, abdomen, pelvic region and joints like your knee and shoulder. Most MRI exams do not require any special preparation.

Our NEW Siemens Verio 3T MRI scanner is a state of the art MRI scanner that produces high quality images especially of the brain, muscles and tendons, bones, joints, and spine. The most important thing for you is the new, open bore 70 cm design which gives you plenty of room to stretch out and feel comfortable. No more tight squeeze!

MRI Services Offered

  • MRI of the brain, neck, spine, chest, abdomen, pelvis, upper and lower extremities
  • MR Angiography
  • MRCP
  • MR Breast

Before the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Procedure

  • If you have claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces) or anxiety, you may want to ask your physician for a prescription for a mild sedative prior to the scheduled examination. If sedation is used, it is required that you arrange for a relative or friend to drive you home after the exam.
  • Report any allergies to the radiology technologist.
  • Women should always inform the MRI technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant. Many imaging tests are not performed during pregnancy.
  • If IV contrast will be used, patients over the age of 50 years old require a blood test within the past 30 days to measure their Creatinine level.
  • Jewelry and other accessories should be left at home, or removed prior to the MRI scan. Because they can interfere with the magnetic field of the MRI unit, metal and electronic objects are not allowed in the exam room.
  • Let your technologist know if you have:
    • a pacemaker, aneurysm clips, vascular coils, or filters
      • inner ear implants or hearing aids
      • unremoved shrapnel or bullet fragments
      • insulin or other infusion pumps
      • neurostimulator
      • permanent dentures
      • worked around metal and/or have had fragments in your eye(s)
      • surgical shunts
      • heart valves
      • metal plates, rods, pins or screws
      • joint replacements
      • surgical staples or wires

During the MRI

  • If an intravenous contrast material is used, you will feel a pin prick when the needle is inserted into your vein. Some patients may sense a temporary metallic taste in their mouth after the contrast injection.
  • The technologist begins by positioning you on the MRI exam table, usually lying flat on your back. Straps may be used to help you maintain the correct position and to help you remain still during the exam.
  • A device capable of sending and receiving radio waves will be placed around the area of the body being studied.
  • You will be moved into the magnet of the MRI unit and the technologist will perform the examination while working at a computer outside of the room.
  • It is important that you remain perfectly still while the images are being obtained. You will know when images are being recorded because you will hear and feel loud tapping or thumping sounds. Earplugs or headphones are provided to reduce the intensity of the sounds made by the MRI machine.
  • The entire examination is usually completed within 30 to 45 minutes.

After the Procedure

  • There are no restrictions after a MRI scan. You should be able to resume your normal activities immediately.
  • A report from today’s exam will be sent to your doctor within 24 hours.

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