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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)


Cameron's magnetic resonance imaging scanner provides increased speed, exceptional resolution, and accuracy, allowing for non-invasive diagnosis of a wide range of conditions.

Benefits

MRIs provide images that help your doctor look inside your body without surgery.

How to Prepare

You must change your clothes to remove anything with metal snaps or zippers. If you wish, you may wear your own metal-free clothing, such as a sweat suit. Otherwise, you will change into a patient gown. You must also remove anything else that may contain metal, such as jewelry, hairpins, hearing aids and dental work. Continue with your usual diet and medication unless your doctor has instructed you to do otherwise.

The Procedure

The technologist will position you on a padded table that will slide into the scanner. In some cases contrast agents are injected into your veins to enhance the appearance of certain tissues or blood vessels in the images. It is important that you remain as still as possible during the exam so the images will not be blurred.
During the exam, you will hear rhythmic knocking sounds as the scanner works. The technologist will control the exam from an adjoining room and will be able to monitor you at all times. You can talk with him or her by intercom. The procedure usually takes between 20 and 40 minutes. If you are claustrophobic or tend to become anxious easily, tell your physician ahead of time, as he/she may prescribe a mild sedative for you before the procedure to make you more comfortable. Contact your referring physician for further instructions as we do not dispense medicine to MRI patients.

After the Procedure

After the exam you can return to your normal routine. If you were given a contrast medium, your doctor or the radiology staff may give you special instructions, such as drinking fluids to help remove the medium from your body.

MRI uses high-power magnets and radiofrequency waves instead of X-rays to capture images that give physicians a literal view inside the body. MRI produces soft-tissue images and is used to distinguish normal healthy soft tissue from diseased or injured tissue. In some instances, an injection of contrast dye may be required.

Results

MRIs are recorded digitally. They can be viewed on-screen with our state-of-the-art Picture Archive Communication System (PACS) within minutes. A radiologist views and interprets the results. A report will be sent to your doctor, who then will explain the results to you.

For more information regarding MRI services, please call (260) 667-5136.