Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive, painless medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) combines magnetic technology with radio waves to produce detailed computer-generated images of the body’s soft tissue, including organs, muscles, and tendons. MRI requires specialized equipment and allows evaluation of some structures that may not be visualized as well as with other testing methods.
There are many reasons why your physician may order an MRI. Physicians use the MR examination to help diagnose or monitor treatment for conditions that may include: back pain, recent spine or joint injury, headaches, dizziness, stroke, metastatic disease, lesions, and abdominal or pelvic pain.
The procedure is performed by positioning you on a moveable examination table that will slide you in and out of the magnet portion of the MRI unit. Your technologist will run the exam from a control area and will be able to see, hear, and speak with you during your entire exam. Music is also available for your comfort.
After the procedure is completed, one of our highly-trained, Board Certified radiologists will analyze the images and send a detailed report to your referring physician within 24-48 hours.
Some of the benefits of an MRI are that it is a noninvasive imaging technique that does not involve exposure to radiation. It has proven valuable in diagnosing a broad range of conditions as it enables the detection of abnormalities that might be obscured by bone with other imaging methods.
The MRI examination poses almost no risk to the average patient when appropriate safety guidelines are followed.
Since we use a magnet in the MRI, metal objects (including any type of metallic implant e.g. pacemaker, surgical staples, permanent eyeliner etc.) cannot enter the exam room. Women should always inform their physician and technologist if they are breastfeeding or possibly pregnant. Below are some suggestions to help you prepare for your exam.