Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to provide pictures of organs and structures inside the body. In many cases, MRI provides information that cannot be obtained from an x-ray, ultrasound or CT scan. For an MRI test, the area of the body being studied is positioned inside a strong magnetic field. The MRI can detect changes in the normal structure and characteristics of organs or other tissues. Sometimes, a contrast agent is used in conjunction with an MRI study, to produce more clearly defined images.
· It is important to let our scheduler know if you have any metal implants, brain aneurysm clips, a heart pacemaker or defibrillator, ferrous metal in the eye or any other implanted material, as these may be contraindications to your exam. Your physician can consult with our radiologist to determine the appropriate test for you.
· Our staff will contact you prior to your scheduled appointment date to confirm your upcoming visit. To make your visit as quick as possible, we will make every effort to pre-register you for your visit.
On the day of your visit:
· Please bring a photo ID, your insurance information and the prescription from your physician to your appointment.
· You may eat, drink and take medications as usual unless you are advised differently.
· Wear comfortable clothing that is free from any metal, such as buttons and zippers. If this is not possible, we will provide you with a gown to wear during your exam.
· We will try to make you as comfortable as possible during your exam. If you experience discomfort at any time, you will be able to communicate with the technologist through an intercom system.
· During the exam, you will hear humming, clicking and thumping sounds coming from the equipment. There is no need for alarm, as these sounds are part of the normal functioning of this type of equipment.
· For optimal imaging quality, it is important for you to remain as still as possible during the exam. Your technologist will provide pillows and pads to help you become comfortably positioned.
· If sedation is to be administered to you, you will need to have someone drive you to and from your appointment.
· Our radiologists will interpret your images and send a report directly to your doctor. Your doctor will communicate the results of your exam to you.