What is an MRI?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a unique procedure that uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to look inside the human body. No radiation is used.
What is the difference between the High Field MRI and the Upright/Open MRI?
The High Field MRI is considered closed. It is a system with a tube-like design, which is open at both ends. The High field MRI provides the most accurate picture. The High Field MRI is not recommended for patients with claustrophobia. If you are claustrophobic and your physician is requesting the High Field MRI, you may request medication from your referring physician.
The Upright/Open MRI has two magnetic plates on each side of the patient as opposed to the High Field closed MRI which is a tube-like design. In most cases, patients can sit upright and watch TV during their scan in the Upright/Open MRI.
Both the Upright/Open MRI and High Field closed MRI have coils or plug in devices which are specific to the type of exam one is having. MRI strength is measured in Tesla strength. The High Field closed MRI is 1.5 Tesla and the Upright/Open MRI is 0.6 Tesla. The image quality of the High Field closed MRI is greater than that of the Upright/Open MRI.
What is the difference between MRI & MRA?
An MRI is a medical diagnostic tool that uses a magnetic field to look into the body while an MRA is a specialized MRI technique which focuses on arteries.
What is Claustrophobia?
Claustrophobia is extreme or irrational fear of confined places.
Why do I have to remove all metal objects before entering the MRI room?
You will need to remove all metallic objects for safety reasons as MRI is a very strong magnetic field which can move the metal. Also, metal objects will interfere with the image quality of the MRI.
Why can’t I have an MRI if I have a pacemaker or defibrillator?
MRI involves the use of very powerful magnetic fields. Thus, in most instances, anybody with a pacemaker or a defibrillator should not have an MRI examination performed.
Can I have an MRI if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?
While an MRI scan has no know side effects, it is not recommended for pregnant women to have a MRI unless it’s medically indicated. If you are breast feeding and have contrast as part of your exam, please suspend nursing for 24 hours after the exam.
Can I see my doctor with just the cd or does the doctor need the written report and cd?
Most physicians require the CD and report for your follow up visit. Please contact your physician to see what he/she may require.
What if I want the report to go to a different doctor?
The report can be faxed to any additional physician you are seeing.
What if I want a copy for myself? Can you email me the report?
You can pick up a copy of your report in our office with proper photo ID. If you are having someone else pick up the report, we must have a letter from you allowing this person to pick up your report provided upon pick up. HIPPA requirements disallow reports to be emailed.
Is there radiation involved?
MRI is a magnetic field that uses radio frequencies to produce images. Radiation is not involved.
What is contrast?
Contrast is a liquid which is injected into the body to enhance and improve the quality of the images for the radiologist to interpret.
Are there any side effects to the contrast?
There are no known side effects. The contrast is excreted through your kidneys, so you must have adequate kidney function & drink plenty of fluids after your exam.
Am I going to feel the contrast?
You may feel cold as it enters the body.
What is the difference between a CAT scan (CT) & MRI?
CT uses radiation where MRI uses a magnet that produces radio frequencies to produce your images.
How old do you have to be to have an MRI?
There are no age limitations for an MRI.