|An MRI uses radio waves and powerful magnets linked to a computer to create remarkably clear and detailed images of the internal organs and tissues without the use of radiation. |
What is an MRI Scan?
An MRI uses radio waves and powerful magnets linked to a computer to create remarkably clear and detailed images of the internal organs and tissues without the use of radiation.
Images are acquired of the specific body part from top-to-bottom, side-to-side, and front–to-back. This makes it very useful in diagnosing abnormalities. A complete history form is completed to ensure that you are able to enter the MRI Scanner. Patients with pacemakers or other implanted devices are NOT allowed into the Sheppard MRI Suite.
During the Exam:
Wear comfortable clothing with no metal buttons or zippers, if possible. All jewelry, hearing aids, removable dental work, and other metal objects will be removed prior to scanning. Because of the nature of the machine, some patients who undergo MRI feel claustrophobic. If you are claustrophobic, please tell your healthcare provider so a sedative may be given beforehand to assist you in tolerating the MRI exam.
A specially trained technologist will be observing you during the entire procedure and will be able to relay instructions during the test. Ear plugs or headphones are provided due to the noise made by the equipment during scanning.
A radiologist, who is a physician experienced in interpreting MRI and other imaging procedures, will study your MRI exam and send a detailed report to your healthcare provider.