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Advanced MRI System

Our revolutionary new Advanced MRI System is faster, quieter and wider, allowing the ultimate flexibility for coverage of the body in a much less confining environment. The new technology utilizes a Total Imaging Matrix, which allows scanning multiple parts of the body without interrupting the exam for equipment or patient repositioning. The spacious system allows many procedures to be performed feet first without requiring the patient to have their head inside the tunnel. As a result the whole MRI experience is significantly quieter and more comfortable especially for claustrophobic patients.

What is MRI?
MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. This is a state-of-the-art technique that allows physicians to observe detailed images of your body's internal organs, muscles, nerves and other soft tissues. MRI images are produced using magnetic field and radio waves unlike x-ray equipment that uses radiation to obtain images.

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY MRI?
Be aware of any metal implanted inside your body and inform the MRI technologist of any implants prior to being scanned. Please download the MRI METAL SAFETY SHEET, fill it out and bring it with you to your appointment, or fill one out upon your arrival. You may eat regularly before an exam, and as soon as the scan is completed, you may return to your normal activities.

We recommend you wear loose, comfortable clothing. Metal objects such as keys, watches, jewelry, dentures, credit cards and other metallic belongings should be left at home or with whoever accompanies you to the Imaging Center. Metal clips, fasteners, buttons, locks, eyelets, etc. on clothing may interfere with the exam.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN DURING THE MRI?
Once you have been introduced to the technologist and your questions have been answered, you will lie on a padded table. The table will move to position you for the exam. You will be able to communicate with the technologist via an intercom system. Once in place, a radio wave is emitted which captures the images of your body at various angles at one time. The release of the radio wave will create a thumping noise. To help you feel comfortable, we provide you with ear plugs. You will also be given a bulb like object to hold in your hand. If at anytime you need to come out of the scanner or need to get the attention of the technologist or assistant, just squeeze the bulb and that alerts them to get you out.

The only thing that you must do during the scan is to lie completely motionless. Any movement during the scanning process may blur the images, diminish the quality, and interfere with interpretation of the exam making it necessary to repeat parts of the scan.

WHAT ABOUT THE RESULTS?
A Radiologist, a physician with expertise in supervising and interpreting radiology examinations, will view the images and send a report to your physician, who will discuss the results with you.

WHAT IF I HAVE TO CANCEL THE APPOINTMENT?
Be sure to contact us at (904) 819-4707 or (904) 819-4720 if, for any reason, you cannot keep your appointment. We will help you reschedule to a more convenient time.