MRI uses a non-radiation imaging technique to produce high quality images of bones, soft tissues and hard tissues primarily of the brain, spine and joints. The exam itself is painless and may take between 30 to 90 minutes. The length of time varies depending on the type of exam to be preformed. Patients may listen to music during the exam with headphones provided. Lying still helps to produce the clearest images.
Preparing for an MRI:
If you are wearing clothing with metal zippers, rivets or closures you will be asked to change into a gown provided to you. All metal items will need to be removed from your body prior to the exam including jewelry, watches, keys, coins, credit cards, eyeglasses, hearing aids, hairclips or pins.
There are certain restrictions as to who can have an MRI as metal interferes with the MRI equipment and distorts the images received. Patients cannot have an MRI if they have either of the following:
Cardiac pacemaker or pacing wires or TENS-unit
Please inform the technologist if you are or may be pregnant and also if you are a welder or sheet metal worker. You may or may not be able to complete the exam.