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.