MRI is one of the greatest advances in medical imaging. It does not use ionizing radiation but rather it uses a powerful magnetic field and a computer to produce detailed images of the body. MRI is used to evaluate organs of the chest and abdomen, including the heart, liver, bile ducts, kidneys, spleen bowel, pancreas and adrenal glands. It is also used to evaluate both male and female reproductive organs such as prostate, testicles, uterus and ovaries. Blood vessels throughout the body can be examined in a non-invasive manner (MR Angiography). Most recently MR is used to evaluate the breasts and guide breast biopsies. Preparation for the examination:

MR Safety

How is the study performed?

We may ask you to change into a patient gown. Please DO NOT enter the scan room with any metallic objects including watches, keys, jewelry, hairclips, or coins. Credit cards and ATM card magnetic codes will be erased by the magnetic field. Patients with metallic or electronic implants should alert the technologist prior to entering the room as the MRI may adversely affect these items. (Please see MR safety section)

Certain MR exams require the use of a contrast agent. If this is true, the contrast will be injected by a nurse or technologist through a small catheter placed in a vein. The catheter is usually inserted prior to the procedure with the injection taking place during the procedure.

You will be position on a movable exam table. Straps and bolsters may be applied to assist in positioning and in certain cases a special device (coil) may be used to concentrate the magnetic field on the body part being examined.

During the exam, you will be asked to remain very still. If certain body parts are being examined you may be asked to hold your breath. You will hear faint hums and the thumping sound of the radio waves. You will be in constant contact with a caring, courteous technologists who will be there to assist you if the need arises.

The entire exam usually takes between 15 and 45 minutes depending on the type of exam you are having. The technologist will check for completeness of the exam and aquire any additional images, if needed. If you had an IV inserted, it will be removed and your exam will be complete.

Who will interpret the examination?

Your examination will be interpreted by a Radiologist, who is a Physician (M.D.) specifically trained to supervise and interpret radiology examinations. He/she will analyze the images and send a signed report to your primary care or referring physician, who will discuss the results with you. Upon request, you can arrange a consultation with the Radiologist who interpreted your examination.