Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive test that uses a magnetic field to produce images, it does not use ionizing radiation (x-rays). MRI allows for more thorough evaluations of soft tissue which are not always accessible through other imagining such as x-ray, CT and ultrasound.
Preparing for your MRI exam:
We recommend that patients wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for their exam with no metal.
Jewelry, electronics, and all metal articles must be removed for the exam.
Please contact the radiology department if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have a pacemaker, metal implants, or history of metal injury to the eye. These conditions may prevent you from having an MRI.
If you are taking medication for pain, anxiety, or claustrophobia please have it prescribed by your physician and taken prior to your exam. It is very important that you lay still for the duration of the scan.
If your exam requires the need for an intravenous contrast injection you may need to have your blood drawn prior to your appointment. The radiology department will give you this information when you schedule your appointment.
You will be provided with earplugs as the machine can create loud noise and you will be able to communicate with the staff at all times with an intercom and hand-held button.