Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a medical imaging technique primarily used in radiology to visualize the structure and function of the body. MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves, and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissue, bone, and virtually all other internal body structures. The images can then be examined on a computer monitor. MRI does not use ionizing radiation (X-rays).

What to Expect

During the MRI exam, you will be lying on a special table that moves into the center of the scanner. Prior to going into the scanner, you will be asked if you prefer earplugs or headphones to reduce the noise you will hear during your scan. Music of your choice can be played through the headphones. It is important to lie very still for the length of the entire scan. Some patients may be given an injection of contrast halfway through the exam that is required to improve the image quality of the pictures. Our short-bore design of the MRI scanner permits the patients head to be near or completely outside the scanner during many exams.

The time from when we call you out of the waiting room to the time your exam is completed will take approximately 45 minutes.

Preparing for Your Exam

Preparations will vary depending on your specific procedure. The proper preps will be discussed during the scheduling process.

  • Arrive 15 minutes early to your appointment, every patient will be required to complete a safety screening form and answer questions pertaining to their medical history before they are allowed to enter into the MR scanner room.
  • Bring your physician’s order with you along with a complete list of your medications.
  • Inform the technologist about any metal objects in your body including aneurysm clips, joint replacements, stents, IUD, implants, bullets or shrapnel. A patient cannot have a MRI scan done if they have a pacemaker.
  • For patient safety you will be required to change into a patient gown for all MRI exams.
  • Before the MRI exam, you will also be asked to remove the following items before entering into the MRI room due to its strong magnetic field. Some of these items include cell phone, wallet, keys, purse, hearing aids, watch and jewelry. These items will be safely locked in a locker while you have your exam done.
  • For your comfort please feel free to bring a musical CD of your choice to enjoy during your exam.

Scheduling Your Appointment

MRI exams require you to schedule an appointment. Please call our toll free Patient Call Center at 1-855-884-1858 to schedule an appointment.

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