Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
An MRI is a non-invasive and painless procedure in which radio waves and powerful magnets linked to a computer are used to create remarkably clear and detained pictures of internal organs and tissues without the use of radiation.
You will be positioned on a special sliding table that moves in the MRI machine during your exam. A special coil may be placed over the area to be examined to improve the quality of the images. During the exam the technologist will talk to you as the scanner goes through a series of scanning sequences. You will hear noises while the machine is taking pictures ranging from a grating sound to a tapping sound.
MRI has been shown to be extremely safe as long as proper safety precautions are taken with regard to metal objects and pacemakers. Prior to the procedure you will be asked to fill out an information sheet to identify any potential problems.
MRI can easily be performed through clothing. However, certain types of metal in the area being scanned can cause significant errors, called artifacts, in the images. You will be asked to remove your jewelry, watch, hairpins, bobby pins, hearing aids, removable dental work and glasses. Your hair should be free of hairspray or styling gel. You may be asked not to eat or drink anything prior to your exam depending on the procedure you are having performed.
MRI procedures are performed on a mobile unit. Outpatient procedures are scheduled:
Tuesdays and Thursdays between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sundays between the hours of 8:00 a.m to 5:45 p.m.
For more information or to schedule a procedure, please call (269) 686-4210.
For more information about a specific MRI procedure click on the link below: www.radiologyinfo.org