MRI With and Without IV Contrast
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) helps doctors diagnose and treat medical conditions. MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures.
- You will be positioned on a moveable examination table.
- You will be given earplugs to reduce the noise of the scanner, which produces loud thumping/tapping and humming noises during imaging.
- A device that contains coils may be placed around or adjacent to the area of the body being studied.
- You will be asked to remain still during the exam.
- The moveable table will slide into the MRI scanner.
- The technologist will then leave the room but will be able to see, hear and speak to you at all times using a two-way intercom.
- Part way through the exam, the technologist will come back into the room and slide you out of the scanner. They will give you an injection of contrast material in a vein in your arm.
- You may feel a cooling sensation in your arm from the injection.
- The technologist will then slide you back into the scanner and run additional scans to complete your exam.
- Leave all valuables at home.
- Patients 60 years or older and patients with a history of diabetes and/or renal disease require additional blood work including Creatinine within 3 months of procedure.
- You may follow your regular daily routine and take medications as usual.
- Arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment with a prescription if your doctor has given one to you, insurance card, identification and a list of your current medications.
- Bring product ID card for any implantable devices.
- The only cardiac pacemaker allowed for a MRI is the SureScan Pacing System by Metronic. If you have any other defibrillator or cardiac pacemaker, you cannot have the MRI.
- If you have metallic or electronic devised implanted in your body, you must have documentation stating what they are.
- Please note that our MRI equipment has a table weight limit of 350 lbs.