What is MRI?
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive, painless medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) combines magnetic technology with radio waves to produce detailed computer generated images of the body’s soft tissue, including organs, muscles, and tendons. MRI requires specialized equipment and allows evaluation of some structures that may not be visualized as well as with other testing methods.
What are some common uses of the procedure?
Physicians use the MR examination to help diagnose or monitor treatment for conditions such as:
- Degenerative joint disorders
- Spinal disk abnomalities
You will be positioned on a moveable examination table that will slide you in and out of the magnet portion of the MRI unit. Your technologist will run the exam from a control area and will be able to see, hear, and speak with you during your entire exam. Music is also available for your comfort.
- MRI is a noninvasive imaging technique that does not involve exposure to radiation.
- MRI has proven valuable in diagnosing a broad range of conditions, including cancer and muscular and bone abnormalities.
- MRI enables the detection of abnormalities that might be obscured by bone with other imaging methods.
The MRI examination poses almost no risk to the average patient when appropriate safety guidelines are followed.
- Clothing: Wear something light weight and comfortable that is easy to take on and off. Avoid wearing clothing that has a lot of metal snaps, zippers or hooks.
- Jewelry: All metal jewelry and watches must be removed.
- Hair products: Many hair products, such as “Topik” to cover hair loss, or attachable hair weaves contain magnetic particles, and they must be removed.
- Hair accessories: Any hair clips, ties, or pins that are made of metal or have metal parts on them must be removed.
- Make-up: Because some make up, particularly mascara, is made with a metallic base, it is best not to wear much make up the day of your appointment.
- Dental devices: If you wear dentures, or partial dental plates, they must be removed.
- Medication and diet: You may continue to take any routine medications prescribed by your physician and there are no dietary restrictions unless you are scheduled to receive medication
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