Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive test that uses radio frequency waves and strong magnets to show images of the body on a computer system. There is no radiation exposure with MRI.
We are ACR certified.
- You may not be able to have an MRI if you have:
- A cardiac pacemaker
- Aneurysm clips
- Inner ear implants
- Metal fragments in one or both eyes
- Some other medical prosthetic devices may interfere with scanning. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about having an MRI. If you are pregnant you may need to discuss the need for this exam with your physician.
- Unless instructed otherwise by our staff, no special preparation is required. For most MRI exams you can follow your normal diet and medication routine. The scanner assists in minimizing symptoms of claustrophobia. For severe claustrophobia, please consult with your physician prior to the exam. You will be able to talk to the technologist during the test in case you need assistance or feel uncomfortable.
- When you arrive you will be asked to fill out a history form. The technologist will greet you and explain your procedure. You may be asked to change into a gown to remove any metal on your clothing.
- As the test is performed, the only thing you will experience will be the normal humming and thumping sounds of the radio frequency waves. During the test you will need to be as still as possible. Movement can blur the images. You will be able to talk to the technologist during the test in case you need assistance or feel uncomfortable. It may be necessary to give an injection of contrast (Gadolinium). If needed, the injection will be given through a small needle in a vein in your arm. There should be no side effects and the contrast will not interfere with any medications you are currently taking.
- The exam will take between 45 and 90 minutes.
- Once your test is complete you may resume normal activities.