Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a test that uses a magnetic field and radiofrequency waves, similar to those used in an AM/FM radio, to produce images (or pictures) of organs and structures of the body. Sometimes, an intravenous contrast agent is used to provide more specific information. In many cases, MRI provides information that cannot be obtained from an x-ray, ultrasound or CT scan. For an MRI test, the area of the body being studied is positioned inside a strong magnetic field. The MRI can detect changes in the normal structure and characteristics of organs or other tissues.
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Our MRI produces digital images that can be stored electronically.
· It is important to let our scheduler know if you have any metal implants, brain aneurysm clips, a heart pacemaker or defibrillator, ferrous metal in the eye or any other implanted material, as these may be contraindications to your exam. Your physician can consult with our radiologist to determine the appropriate test for you.
· Our staff will contact you prior to your scheduled appointment date to confirm your upcoming visit. To make your visit as quick as possible, we will make every effort to pre-register you for your visit.
· If you are at least 50 years of age and will be receiving an intravenous contrast agent in conjunction with your MRI exam, you will need to have completed recent blood work prior to your exam. Please be sure to discuss this with your physician prior to your scheduled exam date.
On the day of your visit:
· Please bring a photo ID, your insurance information and the prescription from your physician to your appointment.
· If you are having an MRI without the use of an intravenous contrast agent, you may eat, drink and take medications as usual unless you are advised differently. If your MRI exam will include an intravenous contrast agent, do not eat or drink for at least four hours prior to your scheduled exam time.
· Wear comfortable clothing that is free from any metal, such as buttons and zippers. If this is not possible, we will provide you with a gown to wear during your exam. Female patients may also wear a sports bra.
· Please remove all jewelry prior to your exam.
· If you have any type of implant, please provide us with your implant card or the name and model of the implant (which would have been given to you at the time the device was implanted).
· The exam takes about an hour, during which time you will have to lie still on a comfortable padded table. You are encouraged to bring a favorite, relaxing CD to listen to during the exam.
· We will try to make you as comfortable as possible during your exam. If you experience discomfort at any time, you will be able to communicate with the technologist through an intercom system.
· During the exam, you will hear humming, clicking and thumping sounds coming from the equipment. There is no need for alarm, as these sounds are part of the normal functioning of this type of equipment.
· For optimal imaging quality, it is important for you to remain as still as possible during the exam. Your technologist will provide pillows and pads to help you become comfortably positioned.
· If your physician has given you sedatives to take for your exam, please do not take them until our staff tells you it is okay to do so. If sedation is taken, you will need to have someone drive you home after your appointment.
· Our radiologists will interpret your images and send a report directly to your doctor. Your doctor will communicate the results of your exam to you.