WHAT IS MRI?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is the most advanced medical imaging tool available. This extraordinary diagnostic test uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed, high resolution images of the inside of the body without the radiation exposure of traditional x-rays
PREPARING FOR YOUR EXAM
While it’s natural to experience some anxiety before undergoing medical testing, knowing what to expect can help.
What you’ll need: Your doctor’s referral form or perscription, your insurance information AND a photo ID. We participate in most major insurance plans.
What to wear: Comfortable, loose fitting clothes, preferably without metal snaps, fasteners or zippers. Depending on your study, you may need to change into a gown. It’s best to leave jewelry and valuables at home.
Good to know: Certain types of medical devices — such as pacemakers and aneurysm clips — may not be compatible with MRI’s strong magnetic field; we will ask you about the presence of any implanted medical appliance before your exam.
There are no special preparations or dietary restrictions required.
THE MRI PROCESS
Your test will take place on a comfortable table in an open area of the scanner. A friend or family member may accompany you if you wish.
Your technologist will conduct your test using a computer and an intercom; he or she will be able to see you through an adjacent window and hear you at all times.
The study typically takes 35 to 45 minutes.
It is most important that you remain relaxed, and as still as possible during your scan.
Depending on your doctor’s instructions, a contrast agent may need to be injected to gain more detailed images. This will be discussed with you in advance.