Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Organs and tissues are revealed with amazing clarity and detail with MRI, which uses a strong magnetic field, high-frequency radio waves, and a computer. MRI is a valuable aid in diagnosing a number of conditions, from cancer to stroke to musculoskeletal disorders, as well as examining the soft tissues of the brain and spine.

MRI does not involve ionizing radiation or x-rays. The exam is a simple process that requires you to lie on a comfortable table while the magnet and radio waves acquire images of your body.  You may need an injection of contrast media in a vein in your arm to help differentiate soft tissues within your body.  You will need to lie still for 30-45 minutes as typical MRI scans obtain multiple series of images.  While you won’t feel anything during the procedure, you will hear a rhythmic thumping or knocking noise while the images are being acquired. Find out more here.

Advanced Medical Imaging utilizes a  high-field 1.5 Tesla magnet.  This powerful magnet may interfere with some metal objects or metal implants inside your body.  It’s important for you to notify the technologist if you have any of the following:

  • internal (implanted) pacemaker or defibrillator
  • cochlear implant (ear)
  • brain aneursym clip
  • artificial heart valve
  • implanted drug infusion port
  • implanted electronic device
  • implanted nerve stimulator
  • artificial limb or joint prostheses
  • metal pins, screws, plates or other implants
  • metal fragments or possible metal in the eye

A radiologist, trained to review detailed MRI images will carefully interpret the study and provide a written report to your physician in 1-2 days.

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