We are proud to announce the opening of our new High Definition MRI scanner.
MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. MRI is a way of getting pictures of various parts of your body without the use of x-rays, unlike regular x-rays pictures and CAT scans. A MRI scanner consists of a large and very strong magnet in which the patient lies. A radio wave antenna is used to send signals* to the body and then receive signals back. These returning signals are converted into pictures by a computer attached to the scanner. Pictures of almost any part of your body can be obtained at almost any particular angle.
Our MRI is comfortable and very patient friendly. Even large patients and muscular athletes are easily imaged with this system. We use the latest Imaging Technology in order to achieve excellent images while providing our patients with a comfortable experience.
An MRI is often needed to gain a clearer understanding of hidden clues regarding possible torn knee ligaments and cartilage, torn rotator cuffs, herniated disks, hip and pelvic conditions and other situations. An MRI usually takes 20 to 45 minutes to perform.
The High Definition MRI scanner uses a magnet that is 500% stronger than most open MRI’s. This produces much clearer images, enabling our physicians to make a more accurate diagnosis of your condition.
There’s no special preparation necessary for the MRI examination. There are no food or drink restrictions unless your doctor specifically requests that you not eat or drink anything before the exam. Continue to take any medication prescribed by your doctor unless otherwise directed.
You should wear loose comfortable clothing such as athletic attire for your exam. You should not wear anything metallic during the MRI examination. Please leave watches, jewelry or anything made from metal at home.
If your clothing contains any metal, such as zippers or snaps, you will be asked to wear a gown during your examination. Items that may not enter the MRI system room include:
The scan room contains a large window to help patients who may feel claustrophobic. Inside the room there is a large donut-shaped magnet with a padded table, which moves you into the center of the machine. For most patients having a lower extremity or lumbar spine MRI, the head and shoulders are left out of the machine. There is no pain or other sensations during the exam; however, an MRI is a noisy machine that produces intermittent humming, clicking, and knocking sounds. Earplugs are available, and we provide an assortment of music to help you relax during your exam. You are also welcome to bring your own CD. The scanner is equipped with a two-way intercom for communication with the technologist. You are never left unattended during an MRI exam. For some exams, a “contrast agent” will be injected into a vein in your arm to improve the quality of the images. If the “contrast agent” will be used in your exam, staff will inform you in advance.
The length of MRI examinations can vary from 20 minutes to an hour, but generally average about 45 minutes.
After checking to be sure your exam resulted in high-quality images, the technologist will remove you from the scanner. There are no post-exam instructions. You may resume to your normal diet and activities after the exam is complete.