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MRI

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING (MRI)

Our in-house MRI unit is the latest-generation magnetic resonance imaging scanner that scans quicker, reducing exam time. The system is less intimidating and less claustrophobia inducing than other MRI machines, contributing to patient comfort.

 

MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Without using traditional X-ray imaging, MRI allows doctors to see inside the body to diagnose and identify possible medical conditions. An MRI simply samples signals from the water that makes up your body. Specialized antennae create highly defined images that can be used to make diagnoses.

 

You’ll discover that MRI testing is painless and much quicker than you think. In fact, you’ll probably be very comfortable as you lie on the padded table. The accuracy and speed of the latest MRI scanners means that you will be done quickly and your doctor will have to run fewer—if any—follow-up scans.

 

PROCEDURE

During the procedure, the MRI equipment will surround your body with a harmless magnetic field. The scanner will send RIF or radiosignals through the body part being imaged. Within your body, the tissue responds by emitting signals that are picked up by a special receiver. The receiver coil measures the energy released and records the time it takes for the body’s response. The computer reads the signals and converts them into images of the inside of the body. These images are viewed on a computer screen and photographed for interpretation by a radiologist.

The table will move in and out of the magnet’s round opening as the scans are produced. The MRI equipment will make tapping or knocking noises as it scans; head phones or ear plugs may be available for use.

The procedure will be painless but you must remain still as movement will reduce the quality of the images and the exam results. The MR technologist will be monitoring the procedure from the next room. You will be able to communicate with him/her if necessary. Instructions will be given about breathing, changing positions, etc.

In some cases a contrast agent will be needed to enhance the scan. This contrast is a harmless dye that improves the quality of the images. If needed, it will be injected intravenously and leaves the body harmlessly within several hours.