How to Prep for Your MRI
MRI is short for magnetic resonance imaging, an advanced technology that lets your doctor see internal organs, blood vessels, muscles, joints and more without X-rays, pain or surgery.
An MRI is very safe; it will not expose you to any ionizing radiation and does not involve any pain. A MRI is performed using a very strong magnet in conjunction with radio waves and a sophisticated computer system. The detailed images of your body that an MRI provides are unobtainable through other procedures. These can provide very early detection of many conditions, allowing treatment to be more effective. The excellent quality of MRI images can provide the best possible information if surgery is required. If there is an abnormality, a MRI can show the location, size and severity. Here’s how to prepare for your MRI:
- 1. Prior to your MRI appointment, follow your normal daily routine, including meals and any prescribed medication, unless directed otherwise by a physician.
- 2. Bring any previous imaging study results with you to your appointment that relate to your MRI exam.
- 3. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. You may be asked to wear a gown to prevent any magnetic interference with buckles or zippers, glasses or watches. Be prepared to remove all metal objects, including watches, jewelry and clothing.
- 4. Because a MRI uses a strong magnetic field, please notify your physician prior to your exam if you have a pacemaker, artificial heart valve or any other metal or implanted device inside your body.
- 5. Arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled start time. Although the actual test will typically last 15-30 minutes per area examined, allow one hour since there are protocols technicians must follow for your safety.
- 6. You can bring your favorite music to listen to during the MRI. The technologist will have you in full view at all times and you will be able to communicate via intercom.
The high-field, wide-bore MRI scanners at Radiology and Imaging of South Texas in Corpus Christi are designed for maximum patient comfort. Coupled with our radiologists’ expertise, we are able to produce a superior level of imaging. Drop by our website to learn more about our talented radiologists and their backgrounds.
We routinely perform imaging exams for advanced applications such as cardiac disease, vascular disease, stroke, musculoskeletal joint disorders, abdominal/pelvic conditions, brain disorders and magnetic resonance angiography. Radiology & Imaging of South Texas offers other diagnostic imaging procedures in a calm and comforting environment too, including PET/CT, nuclear medicine, ultrasound, mammography, X-ray, fluoroscopy, interventional radiology and bone density.
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