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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a revolutionary imaging system that safely creates finely detailed views of your body’s internal tissues.  This state-of-the-art technology can be used to diagnose disease or view internal damage of tissues, without using radiation.  MRI procedure gives your doctor many different and detailed views of the inside of your body.  This allows medical problems to be diagnosed more quickly and safely than ever before.

Magnetic resonance imaging is performed using a large magnet that is big enough for you to lie inside.  The magnet directs harmless radio signals around sections of your body.  When the signals pass through your body, they resonante , that is, release a signal.  Your body’s response is picked up by receiver, then sent to a computer.  The computer analyzes the signal and converts it to a visual image that is displayed on a video screen and printed on special film.


How does the MRI machine work?

In simplest terms, the MRI machine creates a magnetic field, sends radio waves into a patient’s body, and then measures the response with a computer. This makes an image or picture of the inside of a patient’s body.

What should I do before the exam?

Everything you normally do. You can eat, drink and work as usual. You can also continue to take any prescription medication.

Are there any restrictions with the exam?

Yes. You must let one of the staff know if you have the following:

  • A pacemaker
  • Prosthetic devices
  • Metallic implants
  • Pumps for pain medication
  • Implanted neurostimulators
  • Aneurysm clips
  • Cochlear implants

There are also restrictions on what you can have with you during the exam. Since metal may spoil the test, do not bring any of the following into the scan room:

  • Coins
  • Keys
  • Dentures
  • Credit cards
  • Jewelry
  • Watches
  • Hearing aids
  • Pocket knives

Of course, a dedicated MRI Technologist at URAIC, LLP can answer any additional questions pertaining to this topic.

Can I bring someone to the MRI exam with me?

A family member or friend may sit near you while the scan is taking place. Otherwise, they may relax in our comfortable waiting area. The same restrictions that are stated above apply to your family member or friend.

What happens during the MRI examination?

You will lie on a special table that will move into the MRI machine for the examination. If you are, or think you might be claustrophobic, our truly open MRI may be best suited to your needs.

During the exam, you will hear a series of hammering noises. These sounds simply mean the machine is working, and your scan is underway.

The only thing you have to remember is to remain as still as possible to ensure the clearest possible pictures. Our MRI facility offers special headphones with your choice of music to help you pass the time. In fact, feel free to bring your own CT or cassette tape.

Will there be an injection?

You may be injected with a contrast agent that lets the radiologist see the image more clearly. Either your physician or our attending radiologist will determine if your MRI exam will require the administration of the contrast. You should not feel any side effects from the contrast. You may immediately resume your activities after your MRI exam has been completed.

How long does the MRI examination take?

Typically 45 minutes, but this certainly depends on the information your doctor needs, and the number of body areas to be imaged that your doctor orders.

How will I feel after the exam?

You should feel exactly as you did when you walked through our door.

Who should I call if I have any further questions about the MRI Process?

Feel free to contact our facility at 315-464-7711 and request to speak with an MRI technologist who will be glad to answer any questions for you.