Frequently asked questions

What is MRI?


Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of organs and structures inside the body. The detailed images allow physicians to better evaluate parts of the body that cannot be adequately assessed with other imaging methods such as x-ray, computed tomography (CT or CAT scanning) or ultrasound.




The test


During an MRI test, the area of the body being
studied is placed inside the magnet and digital
images are produced by the computer which are
stored and reviewed by radiologist. If necessary,
a contrast material called Gadolinium may be used
to show abnormal tissue more clearly.




What is an MRI used for?


Bones and joints Spine conditions Brain conditions - tumors, aneurysms and nerve injury Problems of the eyes, optic nerves, ears and auditory canals Blood vessels, veins and arteries Heart valves and coronary blood vessels Organs of the abdomen and pelvis Reproductive organs




Is there radiation?


Radiation is not used in an MRI.




How do I prep for an MRI?


PLEASE DO NOT WEAR: Jewelry, watches, credit cards, cell phones and hearing aids, all of which can be damaged Pens, pocketknives and eyeglasses Hairpins, metal zippers and similar metallic items Removable dental work Body piercings If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office and our patient friendly staff will be glad to assist you.




What do I bring to my appointment?


MUST HAVE! SCRIPT / ORDER FOR MRI FROM DOCTOR INSURNACE CARD FORM OF PAYMENT FOR COPAYS OR PATIENT RESPONSIBILITY If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office and our patient friendly staff will be glad to assist you.




Notify us for further instructions if you..


Have a pacemaker, defibrillator, artificial heart valve, cochlear implant, aneurysm clips or a neurostimulator Have any implants in your body Are pregnant or could be pregnant Have ever worked as a metal worker Have a history of metal in the eyes





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