MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING (MRI)


Magnetic Resonance Imaging provides highly detailed pictures of anatomy and pathology to help evaluate a wide range of conditions in the body. MRI uses a strong magnetic field and radiofrequency pulses to produce clear and detailed pictures. The machine uses an intense magnetic field and radio waves to create images of parts of the body that can’t be seen well via X-Ray or CT Scan. The technology produces three-dimensional (3D) anatomical images. The device and technique allow for viewing inside the muscle, joints, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and internal organs.

MRI PREP

MRI without contrast

The patient cannot have a pacemaker or defibrillator. Please do not wear jewelry, with the exception of a wedding ring. Please wear clothing that is free of metal (e.g. zippers, snaps, etc.) No patient preparation is required.

MRI with contrast

The patient cannot have a pacemaker or defibrillator. Please do not wear jewelry, with the exception of a wedding ring. Please wear clothing that is free of metal (e.g. zippers, snaps, etc.) The patient must be well hydrated (water only). If patient is over 55, is diabetic, or has history of renal failure, labs must be obtained within 30 days of exam date.

For your safety, a physician order is needed to schedule an MRI scan.