What is an MRI Procedure?
MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. This painless and non-invasive procedure uses radio waves and a large magnetic to visualize the internal organs, muscles, bones, nerves and connective tissues of your body. The MRI obtains clear images of these bodily structures allowing your physician to effectively diagnose and treat you. The procedure does not use radiation and does not have harmful side effects.
Contraindiction for MRI
SAFETY IS OUR MAIN CONCERN. If you are going to have a MRI procedure and any of these contraindications pertain to you, please contact our facility as soon as possible.
- Have a cardiac pacemaker or prosthetic heart value
- Have a surgical clip or metallic implants
- Have any internal or external mechanical devices
- Have ever been exposed to metal shavings or fragments
- Have ever had an injury to your eyes involving metal
- Have suffered a shrapnel wound
- Have Cochlear ear implants or hearing aids
- Have a prosthetic limb
- Are pregnant, or chance you may be pregnant
- Weigh greater than 300 pounds
- Suffer from claustrophobia
- Wear any type of medication skin patch
- ***(For contrast studies only)*** Have a history of diabetes, liver disease,
kidney disease, breastfeeding, or over the age of 60 years old
Prior to your MRI
- Our pre-cert department will call you before we schedule your appointment with your insurance authorization and benefits.
- Our scheduling coordinator will give you specific instructions about preparing for your MRI. (Please let them know if you are claustrophobic so that we can have the ordering doctor call in a prescription. If taking meds, you will need to make arrangements to have someone drive you home).
- It is important for our team to know about any prior surgery, pregnancy, or eye injury due to metal– we would like to do the necessary research prior to your appointment for your safety.
- If you are able to dress comfortably and metal free for your appointment, please do so. Many people feel more comfortable in their own clothes rather than hospital gowns. Please note we will have on site shorts or hospital gowns if you are unable to find any clothing that is metal free.
The day of your MRI
- Please arrive 15-20 minutes prior to scheduled appointment to fill out necessary paperwork.
- Once your paperwork is complete, a coordinator will go over in detail your MRI procedure.
- The technologist will additionally go over the paperwork with you. They will ask you to remove any jewelry, hairpins, and hearing aids before entering the examination room.
- You will be asked to lie down on the scanning table, usually on your back.
- We will make you comfortable with the aid of pillows and blankets.
- A MRI coil (camera) is placed around the part of the body to be scanned. This coil acts as an antenna to direct the magnetic energy to that area.
- You will be asked to lie still for the duration of the scan approximately 20-45 minutes (the time depends on the body part being examined).
- You will hear the faint knocking sound while the system is scanning.
- We will provide music for you during the duration of your scan. You may bring your own CD or select from a collection of CDs at our locations.
- If you are nervous about your MRI please be assured our staff is compassionate to your needs. Please inform the technologist and we can assist you with using an eye mask or use our prism glasses.