High Field MRI
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses radio waves and a strong magnetic field to provide clear and detailed pictures of internal organs and tissues without the use of radiation or radioactive substances of any kind. With incredible accuracy, MRI can detect many abnormalities which CT scanning and X-rays cannot, especially those involving soft tissue. In fact, MRI reduces the need for biopsies, exploratory surgery and other diagnostic procedures, which carry associated risks. MRI is a totally painless procedure with no known side effects.
What will the exam be like?
The scan rooms have walls of windows with a view of the outdoors. These windows bring in lots of natural light, with its Southern exposure, creating a soothing and relaxing MRI experience.
During the examination you will not feel anything unusual. You will, however, hear a repeated drum-like knocking sound as the scans are recorded. You will be given the option to listen to the radio or your personal IPOD during your scan to make you more comfortable. Hearing protection will be provided to those patients who do not wish to listen to music.
You can help to produce high quality images by lying still during the examination while breathing normally. The average scan takes 5 to 15 minutes – the complete examination about 30 to 45 minutes.