MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. It is a diagnostic imaging test that uses strong magnet and radio frequency waves to produce images of internal organs and structures. MRI is a non-invasive procedure, however, your physician may request a contrast agent be used to better visualize organs or structures. If this is requested you will receive an injection of the contrast agent during your examination.
It is essential that the patient alert the technologist if they have a pacemaker, surgical clips, metal objects, or prosthesis. The technologist will determine, with the help of the radiologist, if the examination should be performed.
The technologist will position you on the exam table and move the table into the magnet. You will hear a knocking sound that occurs when the images are being acquired. The length of time you will be on the table depends on the type of study you are having.
Preparations may be revised or altered at any time. Please confirm specific preparations for your study upon scheduling your examination.