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MRI is a medical imaging procedure that uses a strong magnet, radiowaves, and a computer to produce high-quality cross-sectional images of the inside of the body.
Our traditional high-field MRI system is a 1.5 tesla Siemens Magnetom Avanto. This state-of-the-art imaging system uses a powerful magnetic field with technology that provides excellent image quality with high-resolution of small parts of the body. The high-field examination times are faster due to the more powerful magnet. The majority of patients who need MRI exams are comfortable with the amount of space provided.
There is no specific preparation for most types of MRI. Abdominal MRI exams may require that the patient have nothing oral four to six hours prior to the exam. If contrast material by injection is needed, an IV will be started before the scan. A small blood sample may be drawn at that time to check kidney function since this contrast is eliminated through the kidneys. All metal items on the patient’s clothing, including metal belt buckles, snaps, or hairpins must be removed prior to the examination. Patients with pacemakers, aneurysm clips, or other metallic, mechanical, electrical and electrically conductive devices cannot be scanned. The patient may leave immediately following the test because there are no side effects from MRI.
Exam Time: 30-45 minutes
Patients should arrive 15 minutes early to process paperwork.