TRADITIONAL MRI: AN ESSENTIAL IN DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING
All of our services are provided by the most caring, experienced doctors and technologists in the region. Browse through the topics below to learn more about our service and what you will encounter when you choose 611 MRI·CT.
What is an MRI?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses two safe and natural forces, a magnetic field and radio waves, to produce vivid images of internal body parts.
Images are interpreted by a radiologist to see if a medical condition is present. Results are then sent to your doctor who will review them with you.
What do I need to do before I have an MRI done?
No special preparation is necessary before your exam. You may eat and drink as you normally do.
We advise you to dress in clothes that are metal-free (no zippers, brass buttons, etc) for your exam. We can also provide you with specialized clothing for the exam. Individual dressing rooms are available for your privacy. All metal objects, including coins and watches, will be kept safely in a locker.
What's the procedure like?
Someone may stay with you during the entire exam. A comfortable lounge is also available for other family members or friends.
The MRI contains a padded bed on which you will lie during the exam. An MRI technologist will be in continual voice and visual contact with you. Exams normally last 20 to 45 minutes.
The exam consists of a series of 4- to 7-minute scans. You will hear a knocking sound during the scanning periods. You should remain very still during the scanning periods, as any movement will cause poor images.
Music of your choice can be played during the exam. We have an XM radio in the imaging room. But you are also welcome to bring your own CD to listen to.
Is it possible that I can't get an MRI?
Only a few people are excluded from having an MRI. Please review this list and contact your doctor if you have:
- A Pacemaker
- Cardiac Pumps
- A Defibrillator
- Aneurysm Clips in the Brain
- Carotid Clip
- Metal Fragments in your Eye(s)
- Inner Ear Implants
Some MRI scans require the use of gadolineum, a safe contrast media. This is given intravenously during the exam to highlight certain body parts. Please consult your doctor if you:
- Are Pregnant or Nursing
- Have Asthma
- Are Anemic
- Have Ever had an Adverse Reaction to Contrast Media
Our Traditional MRI Scanner:
611 MRI•CT uses the Toshiba Titan 1.5T MRI. This scanner is unique in that it has a very large opening that is flared at both ends, and, more importantly, is half the length of the usual tube type MRI found in most hospitals. With the OPEN Flair, many patients with claustrophobia are able to be scanned in this very fast and high quality scanner. In addition, the High-Field MRI can accommodate many larger patients weighing up to 440 pounds.