MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. It is one of the most advanced ways to view precise details of the head, neck, spine, muscles, joints and bones. It is also used to image the chest, abdomen, pelvis, arteries and veins. MRI has proven very valuable for the diagnosis of a broad range of pathologic conditions in all parts of the body, including cancer, heart and vascular disease, arthritis of the joints and spine, stroke and musculoskeletal disorders among many others. MRI requires specialized equipment and expertise which allows evaluation of some body structures that may not be as visible with other imaging methods.
An MRI scanner consists of a very strong magnet in which the patient lies. A radio wave antenna is used to send signals to the body and then receive signals back detecting faint radio waves released by your body’s atoms. These returning signals are converted into pictures by a computer attached to the scanner and can be reproduced on films or CD. Pictures of almost any part of your body can be obtained at any chosen angle. The exam is extremely safe and there is no radiation exposure during an MRI.
During the MRI exam, you will be asked to rest motionless on a padded table for 20 to 60 minutes depending on the area of your body being scanned.The area of interest will be positioned in the center of the magnet. The more open construction of our MRI systems has done much to reduce the sense of being “closed in”. Patients are generally required to remain still for only a few seconds to a few minutes at a time but between sequences some movement is allowed. During the scan you will hear faint hums and may feel mild vibrations, however, Beaches MRI scanner is one of the quietest and fastest available. You will also be in constant contact with a courteous, caring technologist and may communicate with them at any time if the need arises.