1.What is MRI?
2.How do I prepare for an MRI?
3.What are the Precautions for an MRI/MRA?
4.What will happen during the procedure?
5.What do I need to do after the exam?
Resonance Imaging, or MRI, is a diagnostic procedure used to create
clear, cross-sectional pictures of the human body. MRI is a safe,
painless and simple diagnostic tool that provides your doctor with
detailed pictures of the body without radiation. MRI utilizes computer
technology, a magnetic field and radio waves to diagnose injuries ,
tumors and diseases of the muscles and bones of the body. MR images have
provided physicians with unique insight into how various diseases
manifest themselves throughout the body.
MRI produces highly detailed images of soft tissue structures near and
around bones, blood vessels, organs and the brain. Some common uses are
Spinal and joint problems, Small tears to tendons and ligaments, Sports injuries,Arthritis,Organs of the chest and abdomen.
Our open MRI environment minimizes patient apprehension and
claustrophobia. Highly trained technologists are available throughout
the procedure to answer questions and assure patient comfort. High Field
Imaging provides the latest in state-of-the-art technology for superior
image quality while offering the most pleasant and comfortable patient
experience available in the Roswell,GA area.
MRA stands for Magnetic Resonance Angiography. It is a specialized MRI
that provides more detailed images of blood vessels in the brain and in
the body. Blood vessel disorders such as aneurysms, narrowings or
blockages can be detected by using MRA.
How do I prepare for an MRI?
Take any medications prescribed by your doctor
Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes avoiding zippers, belts or
Bring the prescription or order from your doctor
Bring your insurance card information
If you have prior films pertaining to this study (MRI, CT, X-RAY), it
is very important to bring them with you to your exam.
What are the Precautions for an
Please let our staff know if you have any of the following things as
they may not be compatible with MRI.
clips, Spinal cord stimulator, Metallic Implants, Prosthetic Heart
Valves,Stents,Surgical clips or staples,Neurostimulators,Recent Surgery
or other procedure
Patches, Body Piercings,Cochlear implant, Breast tissue expander,
Metallic fragments in eyes.
What will happen during
The MRI usually takes between 15 and 45 minutes depending on what your
doctor has ordered. Some exams take longer, especially if multiple areas
are being scanned. The technologist will help you on to a sliding table
which will move slowly into the machine. The technologist will then
leave the room to begin the exam. Feel comfortable knowing that a
speaker system will help you to communicate with your technologist
throughout the procedure. Each set of images taken has it's own set of
sounds associated with it. You will hear knocking and pinging noises.
The technologist will provide you with a pair of ear plugs to reduce the
Different devices may be used to better enhance certain areas of the
body. The device is placed around the area being imaged and acts as a
transmitter. An example of this would be a knee coil which is place
around your knee.
Sometimes your physician will order an exam with contrast to enhance the
visibility of certain tissues or blood vessels.
MRI imaging is actually a sequence of images. The technologist will
inform you how long each sequence takes before he or she begins. You
will be asked to remain still for the duration of the sequence. During
the sequence you will hear many loud tapping or knocking sounds. These
sound are normal. Ear plugs are available if you find the noise
What do I need to do after the exam?
There are no side effects of an MRI. You can resume normal activity
immediately after your exam. If a sedative was administered, you must
refrain from driving or operating machinery for the remainder of the
Your MRI will be carefully interpreted and read by one of our expert
radiologists. The radiologist will compare your exam with any previous
exams you have made available.
The doctor who ordered your MRI will receive your results. He/she will
review those results with you.