What is an MRI?
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a noninvasive test that uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to create images of the body without using radiation. This type of exam allows excellent characterization of the soft tissue and has applications in evaluating the brain, spinal cord, blood vessels, bones, joints, pelvis and organs of the body.
Our open MRI is designed to minimize feelings of claustrophobia, accommodates larger than average patients comfortably and is open on all four sides enabling anxious patients an unobstructed view of their surroundings.
Preparing for your exam
PATIENTS WITH CEREBRAL CLIPS AND PACEMAKERS CANNOT HAVE AN MRI, WITH SOME EXCEPTIONS
If you have any of the following, please inform the front desk staff and technologist performing your exam:
Implanted defibrillator or pacing device
Aneurysm clips within the brain
Spinal cord or deep brain stimulators
Other metallic devices are potential hazards. Please inform the front desk staff and technologist performing your exam if you have any of the following items:
Infusion ports and catheters
Artificial limbs or joint implants
Metal pins, screws, plates or surgical staples
You may be asked to remove some or all of your clothing and to change in to a scrub top, scrub pants or gown during the exam. You may also be asked to remove jewelry, eye glasses, hearing aids, removable dental work and any metal objects or clothing that might interfere with the MRI images. Women should always inform the technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant.
For your health and safety, metal workers or others with a history of metal shrapnel in the eyes will require simple x-ray screening prior to entering the MRI scanner.