WHAT IS AN MRI?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging, also known as MRI, is the newest addition to our imaging department. The MRI within our department is a wide bore model which will accommodate larger patients as well as claustrophobic patients. MRI is also performed in a doughnut shaped machine much like CT. The MRI machine does not emit radiation, instead it surrounds the patient in a high strength magnetic field (1.5 Tesla) and uses radiofrequency waves to manipulate the patient’s hydrogen molecules within the body. These molecule manipulations are what form the image to aid in the diagnosis.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Expect to be greeted by one of our friendly imaging department staff members prior to your examination. We will go over any sort of history pertinent to your examination as well as invite you to ask question in regards to the exam. The technologist will screen you prior to entering the MRI suite to ensure your safety by removing any and all metallic objects. Ferro magnetic objects can be dangerous when around a super conducting magnet such as the MRI machine. The technologist will also screen you for any medical implant devices such as a pacemaker. Please make note that any cards with a magnetic strip will be deactivated if brought into the room.
After screening, the technologist will position you in the machine according to the exam prescribed by your physician. It is our objective to make you as comfortable as possible during the scan. Some of these scans can be uncomfortable due to the length of the scan while holding still. Dependent upon the study ordered the use of an imaging contrast or dye might be administered during the scan to improve image quality and aid in diagnosis. This contrast might require prior preparation such as lab blood work or antihistamine if an allergy is known before coming to our facility.
After the test is completed you can resume your daily routine unless otherwise discussed between you and the technologist. The results of the test will be provided to your physician in a timely manner.
MRI SCAN SERVICES INCLUDE:
- The Body: Abdomen and Pelvis
- The Spine: Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar
- Head and Neck
- The Extremeties: Arms and Legs