Open MRI (Medical Resonance Imaging)
What it does:
Instead of using radiation to produce images of internal body structures like other exams, MRI uses a powerful magnet, radio waves, and a computer to produce the images. These images help to evaluate how well areas of the body are functioning and to detect and treat different medical conditions.
What it is:
The MRI machine is a large tube with a moveable table that slides into the center of the tube. The outer portion of the tube houses the large magnet. MRI exams are painless; however, some patients may be uncomfortable remaining still for long periods of time and the closed-in space may be a bit claustrophobic for others. When the machine takes the images there will be rapid drumming sounds and some vibrations.
Patients who have pacemakers, cochlear implants, and some types of clips used on brain aneurysms cannot go in the MRI scanning room as it can cause malfunctions of the equipment.
The images are read by our radiologist and a report is sent to your doctor in a timely manner.
Open MRI Benefits:
Easy access for a friend or family member to be there with you
Accommodates patients of all body shapes and sizes so there are no size limitations
Ideal for one who may be claustrophobic
Provides comfortable body positioning
Produces high quality images
Results in fewer side effects.
Tends to be more cost effective.
Offer doctors with the ability to conduct motion studies of joints
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MRI without contrast
The patient cannot have a pacemaker or defibrillator. Please do not wear jewelry, with the exception of a wedding ring. Please wear clothing that is free of metal (e.g. zippers, snaps, etc.) No patient preparation is required.
MRI with contrast
The patient cannot have a pacemaker or defibrillator. Please do not wear jewelry, with the exception of a wedding ring. Please wear clothing that is free of metal (e.g. zippers, snaps, etc.) The patient must be well hydrated (water only). If patient is over 55, is diabetic, or has history of renal failure, labs must be obtained within 30 days of exam date. GFR level must be greater than 59