Your doctor has referred you for a diagnostic study known as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). It is an efficient, comfortable outpatient procedure which gives your doctor information to better evaluate your condition. MR imaging produces detailed pictures by using a magnetic field, radio waves and sophisticated computer processing. Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging is now the preferred method for assessing many parts of the body, including the brain, joints and spine.This page answers most questions about MRI's. If you have any questions please contact us.
There are several circumstances under which MR imaging should not be done, and there are precautions which must be observed in other cases.Before your examination, you will be asked whether or not you have any of the following:
Cardiac Pacemaker, Defibrillator, Cerebral aneurysm clips, insulin pump, cochlear implants, neurostimulator, metal in the eyes, if you are currently pregnant
Because we use a strong magnet in the MRI, patients who have pacemakers cannot have an MRI exam. You will be asked to complete an MRI Patient Screening form prior to your exam.
Additional information or testing may be needed prior to your MRI exam to ensure that it is safe for you to have this test:
- If you have any other implanted medical devices such as cochlear implants, penile implants, aneurysm clips, artificial heart valves, or recent cardiac stent
- or if you have metal shavings or gunshot shrapnel in the face or eye.