MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, a non-invasive, painless diagnostic procedure. In fact you will not see or feel anything (some patients fall asleep during their MRI scan.) All that is required of you is to be as still as possible during the exam. The procedure typically will last from 30 to 60 minutes, depending on they type of information required by your physician. Our three new state of the art scanners can perform Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA). MRA can non-invasively evaluate blood vessels, like the carotids, aorta and peripheral vessels that could previously only be imaged well by invasive catheter angiography.
The purpose of a MRI is to:
- Provide detailed images for detecting disease.
- Provide two/three-dimensional images by using a large magnet, radio waves, and a computer.
- Effective in early detection and treatment.
MRI does not use x-rays and is absolutely painless. A technologist will position you on the examination table. You will then be moved into the scanner. As the equipment scans you will hear peculiar noises. This means the scanner is doing its job.
After the exam the radiologist will provide your physician with an interpretation of the results of your MRI scan. Your physician can then make a diagnosis and explain the findings.
There is very little preparation for the MRI procedure. To ensure your safety, you will be asked question regarding your medical history. You may eat normally and go about your daily routine. Continue to take any medications prescribed by your doctor unless otherwise directed. In certain instances, a contrast agent may be administered by injection to allow the images to be more distinct. Because of the magnetic field, you will be asked to leave coins, jewelry, watches, glasses, credit cards, keys, hairpins, and other metal objects in a safe place outside the scan room.