Imaging …

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MRI is a large tube shaped machine that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to create a detailed image of any organ or tissue within the human body. It is the most non-invasive way to examine organs, tissues and skeletal system without using radiation on the body. It produces a high resolution image that helps diagnose a variety of problems a patient may be having.

The doctor may order a certain MRI with contrast or without contrast. Contrast that is used is a chemical called Gadolinium. Gadolinium is used to enhance and improve the quality of the image from the MRI. For example: visibility of inflammation of tumors or blood vessels.

Our MRI coordinator will ask you a variety of questions. Questions like; if you have inner ear implants, artificial joints, defibrillator or pacemaker, types of heart valves, vascular stents, if you are claustrophobic, and if you have worked with sheet metal. It will be asked if you are allergic to any medications or have severe kidney disease. Also if you are female it will be asked if you are pregnant or breast feeding. These questions are asked for the safety for you as the patient and to assure that the MRI scan can be done accurately. Certain implants and pacemaker items can stop working property due to the magnetic field of the MRI machine.

Our MRI coordinator will ask you at the day of your MRI scan to remove or not wear any clothing with metal on it, for example; zippers, buttons, metal closures, rivets, sequins or metallic writing. If worn the day of the exam it will be asked to remove this clothing and you will be given a gown. To remove dentures, hearing aids, hair pieces, bobby pins, metal clips for the hair. Remove bra or camisole that has an underwire or metal closure, a sports bra may be worn. Jewelry and body piercings (such as tongue, body and ears) will need to be removed. Medication patches such as Nicotine will need to removed, so please plan accordingly to your scan. It will be ask to remove items from your pockets, you can leave your valuables either at home, in your car, or with a family member. No make-up should be worn if you are having an MRI/MRA/MRV is on the brain.

We do ask kindly to not bring small children with you the day of exam. Our office cannot be held responsible for them. Lastly it is asked that if you do not have verification and clearance of foreign objects in your body we will ask you to reschedule your exam until such clearance can be verified or retrieved.

Typically a scan can take 30-60 minutes. It is recommended to wear ear plugs during a scan because of the loud noise the machine makes.  If your doctor orders an MRI without and with contrast the procedure will be done in two phases. First phase will be laying down on the table, moved into the magnetic machine and the scan will run. The second phase will be coming out of the machine and an IV push will be started of the contrast then you will be put back into the machine for the scan. Typically a physician will order an exam like this to get a comparison of the image of the organ being scanned. Once the scans are done the images are sent to the radiologist to be read and reported. Once read our physicians know immediately the results of the MRI scan.

An MRI of the brain is a non-invasive test that produces detailed images of your brain and brain stem. An MRI of the brain will help determine the damage of the brain from a stroke or head injury. It helps investigate and diagnosis any brain issues with symptoms such as dizziness, weakness, seizures, any changes in behavior, blurry vision, brain mass, or chronic headaches. An MRI scan of the brain can help catch any serious issues that are causing major problems in your life.

A non-invasive scan that produces detailed images of the cervical spine. Your doctor may order and MRI of the c-spine to look for and diagnose herniated disc, tumors, aneurysm, trauma, or bone abnormalities or joint disorders.

Your doctor may order an MRI of the T-spine to get a detailed image of your thoracic spine. The scan can detect if there are tumors or masses, fractures or trauma, herniated disks, and any bone abnormalities.

This MRI scan could be ordered by your physician to diagnose and treat if you are experiencing leg weakness, herniated disk, numbness or any injury or trauma to the lumbar spine.

Magnetic Resonance Angiogram (MRA) specifically focuses on images of the arterial blood vessels. Typically this procedure that is done is of the brain and neck. It is ordered for diagnosing brain aneurysm or a brain bleed, stoke, heart disease, and injuries or trauma to the neck or brain. Our MRI machine is capable of doing an MRA scan of the neck or brain.

Magnetic Resonance Venography (MRV) specifically focuses on images of the venous blood vessels. This scan evaluates the blood flow patterns of the neck or head. Our MRI machine is also capable of doing an MRV scan of the neck or brain.