Our caring staff is specially trained to help claustrophobic patients make their MRI procedure as relaxing as possible. Also, a radiologist is always available on site to administer sedation if necessary to further aid in diminishing anxiety.
We have had great success with large patients also. With one of the largest gantries in the industry, The Imaging Center has been able to accommodate patients as large as 650 pounds.
WHAT IS MRI?
MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. This is a state-of-the-art technique that allows physicians to observe detailed images of your body's internal organs, muscles, nerves and other soft tissues. MRI images are produced using magnetic field and radio waves unlike x-ray equipment that uses radiation to obtain images. MRI imaging may save the cost of hospitalizations and, in many cases, the cost of numerous additional tests.
IS MRI SAFE?
To date, there are no known adverse side effects of MRI. The scanner has full approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The MRI examination is generally painless and causes little or no discomfort to you.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY MRI?
Be aware of any metal implanted inside your body and inform the Radiologist and MRI technologist of any implants prior to being scanned. You may eat regularly before an exam, and as soon as the usual 30 to 60 minute scan is completed, you may return to your normal activities.
We recommend you wear loose, comfortable clothing such as a jogging suit. Metal objects such as keys, watches, jewelry, dentures, credit cards and other metallic belongings should be left at home or with whomever accompanies you to the Imaging Center. Metal clips, fasteners, buttons, locks, eyelets, etc. on clothing may interfere with the exam. No deodorant or cosmetics should be worn during the exam.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN DURING THE MRI?
Once you have been introduced to the technologist and your questions have been answered, you will lie on a padded table. The table will raise and automatically position you for the exam in the tube-like cylinder. You will be able to communicate with the technologist via an intercom system. Once in place, a radio wave is emitted which captures the images of your body at various angles at one time. The release of the radio wave will create a thumping noise. To help you feel comfortable, you may listen to music to help pass the time, as well as soften the thumping noise.
WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO DURING THE TEST?
The only thing that you must do during the scan is to lie completely motionless. Any movement during the scanning process may blur the images, diminish the quality, and interfere with interpretation of the exam making it necessary to repeat parts of the scan.
WHAT ABOUT THE RESULTS?
The images will be analyzed by a physician trained in magnetic resonance imaging. The results of the scan will be relayed to your referring physician who will review the findings with you.
WHAT IF I HAVE TO CANCEL THE APPOINTMENT?
Be sure to contact The Imaging Center 436-7770 or 1-800-682-3591 if, for any reason, you cannot keep your appointment. We will help you reschedule a more convenient time. In any event, we need to know in advance if you cannot come at your scheduled time.