What it is: Also known as Magnetic Resonance Imaging, an MRI scan uses a powerful magnet, radio waves, and computer processing to generate 2D and 3D images of select body parts. MRIs are non-invasive and avoid X-ray radiation exposure. As part of the examination, contrast may be injected into the veins to improve the image and quality of the study.
What to expect: You will lay on a table and will be required to lie still during the MR scan. Depending on the body part that is being examined, you may be instructed to hold your breath for up to 30 seconds. The part of the body being scanned will be placed in the middle of the magnet. During imaging, you will hear a loud intermittent banging noise. You will be provided with earplugs to minimize the noise during the procedure. The technologist will provide you with an alarm button to alert the technologist of any discomfort you may experience at any point during the MRI exam. An IV will be placed into your vein beforehand if contrast is being injected.
MR Scan Uses: Head to toe imaging (Head, Neck, Spine, Chest, Abdomen, Pelvis, Extremities, Blood Vessels)