MRI ScanThe exciting high-technology of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) enables your physician to see internal body structures. It's a painless imaging procedure that uses radiowaves and magnetization instead of x-rays. Preparing for the Exam. Wear comfortable clothing. Avoid wearing jewelry and eye make-up because anything with metal may interfere with the accuracy of the film image. Don't hesitate to ask any questions or conerns you may have about the MRI procedures. Very Important! Tell your doctor of MRI technologist if you:
- are pregnant or think you may be pregnant
- suffer from claustrophobia
- have metal implants or joint replacements
- have an implanted pacemaker, cerebral aneurysm clip, hearing aid, or neurostimulator
- have metal shrapnel or metal fragments in your body
When you arrive at the MRI department, you're asked to put on a patient gown and to remove all personal possessions such as your wallet, watch, car keys, dentures, rings, pins...and even your credit cards! Magnetism can affect these items and also be affected by them.
The technologist positions you on the examination table. You are gently secured to prevent the slightest movement during the exam. Movement can blur the image - thus - making it necessary to repeat the scan.
You may be given what's called a "contrast medium" to highlight a particular part of your body. It outlines specific vessels and organs for a better picture.
The medium is eliminated a few hours to a few days after the procedure. The examination table is then moved into a small, air-conditioned MRI chamber in full view of the technologist. You are able to communicate with this technologist via two-way microphones. During your examination, you will not feel a thing.
During the approximately 30 to 60 minutes it takes to complete this exam, you will hear a slight humming as the images are produced.
This form of imaging is very safe and effective. After the Exam. The radiologist will study your exam images and consult with your physician. Afterwards, your doctor will then meet with you to discuss the details.
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