Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a non-invasive medical imaging technique used in the diagnosis of many conditions and diseases. MRI examinations are conducted by passing strong magnetic pulses though your body, and then computing images based on specific differences in the way your body tissues react to the pulses.
There are many reasons your physician many have refered you to us for an MRI exam. MRI is the diagnostic imaging examination of choice for diagnosing diseases of the brain, spine, joints, and larger blood vessels. Your doctor may also have refered you to us for a MRI for many other reasons including diagnosing diseases of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis.
What to Expect
An examination takes place in our office which is a calm, professional and supportive surrounding. Our staff members are among the most experienced in the Capital Region, and have helped hundreds of patients through their examinations with our reassuring demeanor.
Our radiological technican will ask you to lie on a cushioned table which will move into the magnet once you are confortable. Many examinations will only require part of your body to enter the magnet. Even for those examinations which require the patient's head to be in the magnet, there is a special prism which allows you to comfortably gaze outside the magnet.
While the images are being taken you may hear a humming or soft thumping sound, these are normal. Most examinations take between 20 and 40 minutes to complete.
Preparations and Precautions
Usually, there are no dietary restrictions before a MRI exam. However, we do ask you to take the following precautions for your own personal safety and to ensure that we get the best possible images:
Please do not wear hairspray, eyeglasses, makeup, jewelry, a hearing aid or any removable dental work. You can remove any of the above mentioned items and leave them in your dressing room prior to the exam.
Finally, and most important, inform your doctor and technologist if you have:
- a pacemaker,
- a metal plate, pin or other metallic implant,
- cochlear implants/metallic ear implant,
- aneurysm clips,
- an artificial heart valve,
- an intrauterine device (IUD), or
- if you are pregnant.
Also, it is important to know if you have been exposed to metallic fragments:
through a war wound, as a metal worker, through construction work or house painting/cleaning, etc.