MRI, or Magnetic Resonance Imaging, is a common scan used for viewing the inner workings of the body. It is used frequently to look at the brain, musculature, or organs due to the method’s ability to distinguish different soft tissues. Generating an image using magnets and radio waves, an MRI produces no radiation, making it completely safe. MRI is a painless, noninvasive procedure with no side or after-effects.
Most MRIs require the patient to lie down in a tight, enclosed cylinder, which sometimes causes issues with claustrophobia. At Dynamic Medical Imaging, however, we utilize the latest in MRI technology – the Fonar Stand Up. This unit is an open MRI scanner that allows a patient to sit or stand and watch television during the procedure. Most MRI test last around a half an hour.
Preparing for your procedure
Generally, there are no special preparations required. You may follow your usual routine regarding eating, drinking and taking medications unless instructed differently by your physician or our staff when scheduling your appointment. Certain types of scans require the use of an injected contrast agent. If your doctor ordered this type of scan, our staff members will explain the contrast agent to you and answer your questions.
The only unusual preparation for the MRI procedure is that all removable metallic objects must be left outside the scanning room, including removable hearing aids, dentures and other prosthetic devices. You should leave all jewelry and watches at home. Credit cards cannot be brought into the scanner room since the magnetic codes on them can be affected by the magnet. For optimal image quality when performing head scans, all makeup must be removed since it may contain metallic powders, which are magnetic and thus degrade image quality. It is also VERY IMPORTANT to notify the technician if you have a pacemaker, think you may be pregnant or have a medical constraint that could interfere with the procedure. Also, it is VERY IMPORTANT to notify the technician if you are/were a machinist, welder, auto mechanic or work with metal in any capacity. You should let the technician know if you even suspect you have anything metallic within your body such as surgical clips, joint or bone pins, metal plates, un-removed bullets, shrapnel, BB shots, cochlear implants, neuro-stimulators or permanent tattoos. These items may interfere with the procedure. You should wear comfortable clothing with no metal (zippers, etc) . You may be asked to change into a gown for the exam.