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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

This is a non-invasive and painless procedure. It does not use radiation but instead uses radio frequency pulses and a magnetic field to obtain its pictures. A MRI produces pictures from side-to-side, top-to-bottom and front-to-back. It aids in not only visualization but also characterization of structures within the body to help the physician in diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Your technologist has been specially trained. He or she will make sure you are comfortable during your MRI and will answer all of your questions regarding the test. The technologist will ask you questions before the procedure to ensure that you do not have an object implanted in your body. After changing into a gown, the technologist will position you on a special sliding able that moves into the MRI machine during your exam. A special coil may be placed over the area to be examined to improve the quality of the images. You will be under constant observation and will be able to talk to the technologist at all times. During the exam, you will hear noises while the machine is taking pictures ranging from a grating sound to a tapping sound as the scanner changes to different sequences. We provide ear plugs or headphones for you to listen to music during your exam.

In general, the MRI produce no pain.

You will receive your results from the healthcare provider who ordered the test.