An MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, is a diagnostic modality that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to develop detailed images of organs and other tissues inside your body. It does not use ionizing radiation like xray or CT. MRI machines are large and tube-shaped. They produce a magnetic field that develops cross-sectional and 3D images for your doctor to detect or rule out medical problems. Because of the high magnetic field, MRI has more strict guidelines for your safety. The technologists with Image Works are all highly trained and extremely capable of keeping your safety their number one priority.
Your doctor may suggest you complete an MRI to examine bones, organs, or other tissues and look for problems like:
To find out if an MRI is right for you, they review your medical history and symptoms, complete a physical exam, and might order lab tests.
If you have any metal in your body, it is always a good practice to make the technologist aware. They can ensure that having an MRI is a safe option for you. If you have an implant, such as a pain pump, we ask that you bring your implant card to your appointment with you.
To get ready for an MRI, you might change into a hospital gown and remove jewelry, eyeglasses, hairpins, watches, underwire bras, dentures, hearing aids, and other items. You will have the opportunity to lock up your personal belongings such as wallet, cell phone, and car keys. These items are not safe to go into the magnet room.
In some cases, they inject contrast material into a vein in your arm or hand to enhance MRI details.
During an MRI procedure, you lie down on a movable table that slides into a larger tube. The technologist will make you as comfortable as possible because it is imperitive for image quality that you are able to hold still during the exam. The MRI machine creates magnetic fields around you to produce images of the inside of your body, but the exam is painless. MRI's are very loud when images are being acquired. You might hear tapping or thumping noises but the technologist will provide hearing protection and headphones with your choice of music to help. MRIs can last 20-90 minutes, depending on the type of imaging you require. In order to start the test, the technologist will have to leave the room and go to the scanner computer. You will be given a squeeze ball to alert the technologist that you need them. You will also have headphones that will allow the technologist to check in periodically with you throughout your exam.
If your provider ordered your exam with contrast, an IV will need to be started. This will highlight certain disease processes so the doctor can easily identify them.
A radiologist interprets the results and your doctor discusses them with you. They let you know if you need further diagnostic testing or treatment.
If you need an MRI, call the Image Works office to schedule an appointment or book one online today. The team also accepts walk-ins with appropriate provider orders.
Notes: Accept walk-ins with appropriate provider orders