High Field MRI
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive imaging technique that uses radio waves, a strong magnetic field, and a computer 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, a High-field MRI, like the ones offered at Hillsborough Radiology Centers, 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.
Wide-Bore MRI 1.5T
Hillsborough Radiology Centers realizes our patients come in different shapes and sizes. That’s why we now offer the Siemens Wide-Bore 1.5T Aera MRI with Quiet Suite noise reduction technology. This advanced MRI offers a more open, less-claustrophobic exam due to the wide- and short-bore design. The Wide-Bore provides for a more spacious exam experience while the Short-Bore design helps to reduce that “tunnel feeling”. With Quiet Suite technology, patients may experience up to 97% reduction in scanner noise for a less stressful exam without compromising image quality or scan time, with most patients experiencing at least a moderate noise reduction. Our recently renovated room with floor to ceiling privacy windows lets in natural light, helping to provide a less anxious imaging experience.
What will the exam be like?
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 music 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.