MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

At Radiology and Imaging, our high-field wide-bore MRI scanners are designed for maximum patient comfort. Coupled with our radiologists’ expertise, we are able to produce a superior level of imaging. We routinely perform imaging exams for advanced applications such as vascular disease, stroke, musculoskeletal joint disorders, abdominal/pelvic conditions, brain disorders and Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA – a study of the vessels).

What is MRI?

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is safe, painless, and potentially one of the most accurate, noninvasive procedures available to obtain images of the body. In many cases, a high quality MRI reveals exquisite anatomic detail and eliminates the need for additional diagnostic procedures. MRI is performed using a very strong magnet is used in conjunction with radio waves and a sophisticated computer system to generate accurate images of the body without using any radiation.

Common MRI Studies

  • Brain
  • Heart
  • Liver
  • Male and female reproductive organs
  • Pancreas
  • Soft tissues
  • Blood flow
  • Injuries to bones and joints
  • Cancer
  • Tumors/masses
  • Trauma
  • Infections

Preparing for an MRI

  • You may eat and take medications as you normally would, unless directed otherwise by a physician.

  • Please bring any previous imaging study results with you to your appointment that relate to your MRI exam.

  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing. You may be asked to wear a gown to prevent any magnetic interference with buckles or zippers, glasses or watches.

  • Because MRI uses a strong magnetic field, please notify your physician or our office prior to your exam if you have a pace maker, artificial heart valve or any other metal or implanted devise inside your body.

During and after an MRI

As a patient, you will be positioned on a cushioned table that will slide into the MRI machine. A technologist will monitor the exam at all times and a speaker system keeps the patient connected to the technologist if you have any questions.

Depending on the type of exam ordered a special coil may be used to image certain areas of the body. If necessary, a contrast agent may be injected through an IV, for example during an MRA, a procedure used to see certain blood vessels.

A typical MRI exam takes approximately 30 – 45 minutes.

Once the MRI study is complete, one of Radiology and Imaging’s radiologists who specialize in MRI imaging will interpret your exam and report the findings to your physician. Your primary physician will discuss the results of your MRI with you.