Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and utilizes a strong magnet, radio waves, and a computer to create images of the inside of a person’s body. MRI is particularly useful for capturing very detailed images of internal organs and tissues, blood vessels and bone structure. These images provide crucial information to your doctor that helps him or her make accurate diagnoses and treatment plans for you. Depending on the exams, intravenous contrast may be given under certain indications to help improve visualization of certain structures.
What to Expect
- The patient will be brought to a changing room and asked to change into MRI-safe clothing, which we will provide. You will also be asked to remove all loose metal, including jewelry. While a small locker will be provided for your clothing and personal items, it is recommended that you leave valuables at home. Please let us know if you may be pregnant.
- After you have changed into MRI-compatible clothing, you will be brought to a small pre-exam room near the MRI room. If intravenous contrast is to be given for your exam, an intravenous line will be placed at this time.
- When the technologist is ready for you, a member of our staff will bring you into the room and position you on a special table. Ear plugs can be provided for your comfort, and headphones may be provided at times to help the exam pass more quickly. As the exam begins, the table will be moved into the magnet, and you will hear a series of noises while the magnet is acquiring images. It is not unusual for the table to move slightly for each new set of images. The key to obtaining the clearest images is for you to remain as still as possible for the duration of the exam. The length of the exam depends on the type of study being performed, but generally averages 15 to 30 minutes. Very few exams exceed 30 minutes. Our technologist will remain in contact with you for the entire length of the exam.