Diagnostic Imaging Services
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRI is an advanced medical imaging technique that uses a magnetic field and radio waves instead of X-ray to image different parts of the body. It is an easy, safe, and comfortable exam. It provides an excellent way to diagnose diseases of the brain, spine, skeleton, chest, abdomen, pelvis and blood vessels. The MRI exam requires you to lie still on a table that moves into a scanner housing a large magnet. During the procedure, you may communicate with your technologist by intercom. They will explain the various noises that you will hear. The procedure lasts 20-60 minutes, depending on the number and type of images needed. In some cases, your physician may order the administration of contrast dye to enable visualization of some specific images.
Preparing for an MRI
In most cases your MRI requires no special preparation or eating restrictions (except for patients needing sedation). Please inform us if you have any of the following:
- Aneurysm clips
- Surgical staples
- Metal implants
- Bullet wounds or shrapnel
- Implanted drug infusion devices
- Permanent eyeliner
It is also important that you tell us of any occupational exposure to metal you have had, such as welding, metal grinding, etc. Continue taking your daily medications before your exam and wear loose, comfortable clothing for your appointment. Do not wear jewelry as it will not be permitted in the MRI room.
To schedule an MRI appointment call: 508-872-7674.
For more information about any of these procedures, including how to prepare and what to expect, visit www.radiologyinfo.com.