Our MRI department has earned accreditation by the American College of Radiology. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive and painless procedure in which radio waves and powerful magnets linked to a computer are used to create detailed pictures of your internal organs and tissues.
The images produced by an MRI show the difference between normal and diseased tissue. They enable radiologists to determine what the inside of a particular structure looks like. MRI is the preferred procedure for diagnosing abnormalities in many different parts of the body.
MRI has been shown to be extremely safe as long as proper precautions are taken with regard to metal objects. In general, the exam produces no pain and causes no short- or long-term effects. You are not exposed to radiation during this test.
Prior to the exam, we will call you to discuss your medical history. The day of your exam, you will be asked to remove your jewelry, watch, hairpins, hearing aids, removable dental work, and glasses. Your hair should be free of hairspray or styling gel. You may be asked not to eat or drink anything prior to your exam.
Let the technologist know if you might be pregnant. Also, because the MRI machine is a confined space, some people become anxious during the test. If you are claustrophobic, check with your doctor beforehand to see if medication is an option.
After changing into a hospital gown, you will lie on a special sliding table that moves into the MRI machine. The technologist will make sure you are comfortable and will answer all your questions. Since the MRI machine can be quite loud, you will be offered headphones to listen to music via satellite radio during your exam.