Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) produces images of the anatomy without the use of radiation that is required with modalities like X-Ray and CT Scanning. MRI combines the physical properties of strong magnetic fields with low-intensity radio waves to produce computer-generated, detailed images of the soft tissues, muscles, nerves and bones in your body.
In some situations, this 30-minute procedure can reduce the need for further diagnostic or invasive procedures, such as exploratory surgery, that may have associated complications. Once the examination has begun, you will hear a knocking sound that represents changes in the magnetic field that are a normal part of the imaging process. MRI is non-invasive and has no known side or after effects and no special preparation by the patient is needed. The procedure is painless; in fact, you won’t see or feel anything. Our MRI unit is designed for maximum openness, reducing claustrophobia. The MRI weight limit is 550 pounds allowing it to accommodate most patients comfortably.
Patients are provided a personal sound system during their exam and are encouraged to bring their favorite music. A window and intercom system allows the technologist to see and hear you at all times. While the MRI test is being conducted, family and friends may wait with the patient in the MRI suite.