MRI is a non-invasive imaging technology that produces three dimensional detailed anatomical images without the use of damaging radiation. It is often used for disease detection, diagnosis, and treatment monitoring. It is based on sophisticated technology that excites and detects the change in the direction of the rotational axis of protons found in the water that makes up living tissues.
The MRI scanner takes many very thin 2-dimensional pictures, which the computer can assemble into 3-dimensional pictures. This allows the doctor to look layer by layer at the area being scanned and provides greater detail to aid in the diagnostic process.
Patients are brought into the MRI room and asked to lie down on the scanning table. The area of the body being scanned will be comfortably positioned in or near a special surface coil. In addition to the best machines, Zwanger-Pesiri also invests in the most advanced coils. The combination of the two ensures the clearest possible images are generated.
The patient is moved into the center of the magnet and the test begins. The machine never touches you and the exam is completely non-invasive. Patients are asked to remain as still as possible to ensure the best possible images. The technologist will be able to talk to you from outside the room through an intercom during the scan to keep you updated of your progress. Once all of the images have been recorded, the patient is taken out of the MRI machine and our technologist will return to assist you off the table.
MRI machines are loud. All of our MRI suites were constructed using extensive acoustical material. This keeps the rest of the office quiet and calm, while lowering the noise level for MRI patients up to 15 decibels! In addition to the quieter rooms, each and every MRI patient is offered noise cancelling headphones so they can listen to music during their scan. Due to the advanced machinery and fast scan times, many patients only make it through three songs.
MRI uses a very powerful magnet. It is extremely important that you do not bring any metal into the area. Doing so can create a dangerous scenario for you and for staff members.
You must remove all jewelry and any other metallic objects such as hearing aids, jeans with metal zippers, body piercings, and removable dental work. Wearing a sweatsuit with no metal may prevent you from having to change into a gown.