Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a safe, painless way for doctors to get a clear look at your internal anatomy.
In fact, a scan may be the only way your doctor can get diagnostic information without surgery. The technology produces sharp computerized images of internal body tissues that can’t be viewed through x-rays. Doctors can request an MRI image for your brain, your knee, your spine, or just about any part of your body that needs diagnosis.
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Other MRI Procedures Performed at Our Facilities:
- MRI Brain
- MRI Pituitary
- MRI Orbits
- MRI Maxillofacial
- MRI Neck
- MRI Chest
- MRI Heart
- MRI Abdomen
- MRI Pelvis
- MRI Shoulder
- MRI Knee
- MRI Hip
- MRI Ankle
- MRI Upper Extremity (Arm)
- MRI Lower Extremity (Leg)
- MRI C-Spine
- MRI T-Spine
- MRI L-Spine
What to Expect
What to Expect
You will be asked to remove all jewelry, eyeglasses, hearing aids, dentures, credit/bank cards, and any metallic objects. These may affect the quality of the images produced or cause harm or discomfort to you when placed within the magnetic field. There will be no sensation, discomfort or pain associated with the exam. You will, however, hear knocking/thumping noises from time to time. This is normal, and you may wear earplugs to muffle these noises.
It is important to lie as still as possible. Movement may cause unsatisfactory images and necessitate a repeat of the exam. You may find it easier to relax if you do not consume coffee or other caffeinated beverages prior to your exam.
Also, in some cases, your physician may order an injection of a contrast agent to enhance the diagnostic capabilities of the exam. If so, this will be administered and supervised by our on-site qualified technicians and doctors. The physician radiologist will review and interpret your MRI examination upon completion. Within 24 hours, your physician will have a written report.
How do I schedule an MRI scan?
Your doctor will decide if an MRI is needed to help diagnose your symptoms. The doctor’s staff will then notify us and schedule an appointment. We will verify your health insurance coverage and ensure that your doctor’s office obtains any necessary precertification from your health insurance carrier. If you do not have health insurance, payment is expected at the time of service.
Can a friend or family member be in the room with me during the exam?
In most cases, yes. However, please advise our staff if the guest is pregnant or has anything metallic in the body.
How long will the exam take?
Due to the sophisticated technology of the 3T magnet, most exams can be completed in 15-20 minutes rather than the standard 30-60 minutes utilizing more inferior MR technology. More time may be required if you need to be sedated, require intravenous contrast administration, or if your doctor has ordered more than one scanning test.
How should I prepare for the exam?
There are no special preparations. If you are not undergoing an intravenous contrast administration, you should eat normally. Intravenous contrast media administration requires a minimum of 4 hours of fasting prior to the examination. Also, follow the normal dosing of your prescribed medications unless your doctor gives instructions to do otherwise. Dress in loose, comfortable clothes with no metal snaps, zippers, etc.
Is it safe?
For most people, the MRI is completely safe. However, in most cases, women less than 12 weeks pregnant should not have MRI scans. Please let the staff know if you are pregnant. MRI does not use any type of radiation, but does produce a powerful magnetic field. To assure that you will have no adverse effects from the magnetism, the staff needs to find out if you have any metal in your body.
Please advise the staff if:
- You have a cardiac pacemaker or artificial heart valve
- You have a metal plate, pin, surgical staples or clips, or other metallic implant
- You have aneurysm clips
- You have an inner ear implant
- You have an intrauterine device, such as Copper-T IUD
- You have permanent eyeliner (tattoo)
- You have any metal fragments in your eye or in your body
- You have ever been a metal worker
- You have a biostimulator
- Also, if anyone accompanying you during the exam has any of these conditions, please bring it to the staff’s attention.
Is it OK for patients with dental fillings or braces to have an MRI?
Yes. Your teeth will not be affected by the exam.
Can I drive home after the MRI?
Most patients do not require sedation and therefore are able to drive immediately after the exam. If you need a sedative to help you relax for the exam, please arrange for a friend or relative to drive you home.
How long does it take for my physician to get the results of the examination?
The radiologist will review and interpret your MRI examination upon completion. Within 24 hours, your physician will have a written report.