What is an MRI?

MRI is an advanced medical imaging technique that uses a magnetic field and radio waves instead of X-ray to image different parts of the body. It provides an excellent tool to help physicians diagnose diseases of the brain, spine, skeleton, chest, abdomen, pelvis and blood vessels.

The MRI exam requires you to lie still on a table that moves into a scanner housing a large magnet. During the procedure, you may communicate with your technologist by intercom. They will explain the various noises that you will hear. The procedure lasts 30-60 minutes, depending on the number and type of images needed. In some cases, your physician may order the administration of contrast media to enable visualization of some specific structures.

Preparing for an MRI

In most cases your MRI requires no special preparation or eating restrictions (except for patients needing sedation).

Please inform us if you have any of the following:

  • aneurysm clips
  • metal implants
  • pacemaker
  • permanent eyeliner
  • surgical staples
  • bullet wounds or shrapnel
  • implanted drug infusion devices It is also important that you tell us of any occupational exposure to metal you have had, such as welding, metal grinding, etc.

Continue taking your daily medications before your exam and wear loose, comfortable clothing for your appointment. Do not wear jewelry as it will not be permitted in the MRI room.

Our imaging department seeks to provide your physician with the diagnostic tools needed to pinpoint an injury or illness, and prescribe the appropriate treatment. Our experienced staff works together to provide quality medical imaging services in a comfortable and convenient setting.