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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI):

Magnetic resonance imaging is a diagnostic test that allows radiologists to see tissue inside the body, which may not be seen using regular x-rays. This imaging method produces a series of cross sectional pictures using a very strong magnet. MRI technology has advance so markedly over the past several years that it has greatly enhanced the patients’ experience. Instead of using ionizing radiation, MRI utilizes a very strong magnetic field and radio waves sending information to a computer that creates detailed images to evaluate tumors, diseases of the joints, GI tract, and neurological system. Intravenous (IV) dye or contrast media is used to better visualize various organs and tissues. Patients are rigorously screened for medical history and implanted devices. Physicians can detect many conditions in early stages, greatly optimizing patient outcomes.

What should I wear?

You should wear loose comfortable clothing with absolutely no metal objects.  (i.e. jewelry, piercings, metal buttons, grommets, zippers, clasps, snaps etc.)

What can I expect?

A technologist will explain the test, duration; ask about your surgical history and any metal implants in your body.  You will be asked to change into a gown and instructed to lie on a table.  Depending on the ordered exam, you may have an IV inserted.  A large machine that resembles a “tube” will be used to image your body as the table moves in and out of the center.  You may be asked to hold your breath at different intervals to minimize motion and obtain clearer images.  Earplugs are available for patients who are sensitive to the noise of the equipment.  MRI exams are approximately 60 minutes long.

What if I am allergic to iodine and the IV contrast?

Please alert the technologist if you have a known allergy to foods containing iodine or IV contrast.

How do I prepare for my exam?

Preparations are exam dependent and you will be contacted with instructions the day prior to your testing.  Please bring copies of implant or device information when you arrive for your appointment.

Can I take prescribed medication?

Yes.  You may take your prescribed medication as normal.

How will I feel after the exam?

A majority of patients are able to resume normal activities immediately after testing.