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Magnetic Resonance Imaging, is a method used by physicians to look inside the human body to obtain diagnostic information. Incorporating an advanced technology, MRI produces images of the anatomy without the use of radiation as in x-ray and CT scanning.
MRI utilizes the physical properties of magnetic fields, radio waves and computers to generate images of the soft tissues within the body in any plane. This technique is now commonly used as a primary diagnostic tool. It can help provide a quick and more accurate diagnosis for your physician which might have associated risks.

 

How Do I Prepare For The MRI Procedure?

Patients scheduled for an MRI should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing without metal zippers and snaps. You will also be asked to remove hairpins, jewelry, eyeglasses and hearing aids, and may be asked to change into scrubs or an examination gown. If you have a pacemaker, aneurysm clips, surgical clips, medical implants or other foreign objects in your body, the Technologist must be informed prior to the exam.

What Should I Expect During The MRI Procedure?

Before an MRI exam can be done, a patient MRI safety screening must be done. Because MRI uses a very strong magnetic field, magnetic materials that are in some patient's bodies may represent a danger to the patient and preclude MRI imaging. This includes patients with cardiac pacing wires, brain aneurysm clips, pain electrodes, some heart valves, and other metal objects in the body.
You will be asked to lay flat on a movable table that is guided into the center of the MRI machine. During your time in the scanner you will be able to see out from the inner portion of the MRI, known as the "bore", and will be able to always communicate with the Technologist.
You will hear a thumping or knocking sound during the procedure but will not feel anything. We will provide you with headset and headphones may be offered so you can listen to music. It s is important that you remain completely still during your exam. Even the smallest movement can create blurred images, and occasionally our Technologist will ask you to hold your breath. If you are unable to hold still during your exam, please let our staff know and we will make every effort to help.

How Long Will The MRI Procedure Take?

The length of your MRI will depend on the type of procedure your physician has ordered.

MRI with contrast

Some MRI procedures require a contrast agent (usually gadolinium) to be injected in your veins. This injection is done to differentiate the appearance of certain tissues or blood vessels. The contrast will be administered into an arm or hand vein with the use of a needle connected to an intravenous line. Contrast agents used for MRI are different from those used in X-rays or computed tomography (CT) scanning; they don't contain iodine and are less likely to cause an allergic reaction. The contrast agent is ultimately excreted in the urine. All contrast agents are approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are generally considered safe.
Patients having an MRI with contrast should inform the Technologist if they have allergies, are pregnant or breast-feeding, or if he or she has asthma, anemia or low blood pressure, epilepsy, heart disease, kidney disease, or sickle cell disease. Women should inform the Technologist if she is either pregnant or breast feeding.

When Do I Get My MRI Results?

Once the MRI procedure is complete, Radiologist will review the detailed images, compare them to prior exams and a report will be delivered to the patient's physician. The radiologist will interpret your results and dictate a written report, which will be forwarded to your physician generally within 24 to 48 hours of completion of your procedure. Your physician will convey the results of the procedure to you.