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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MRI uses a powerful magnetic field and radio waves to create an image without radiation. It provides excellent soft tissue and bone detail. Some cases require an intravenous injection or an arthrogram in conjunction with the scan. Closed and flared MRI exams require approximately 45 minutes to complete. Exams on the OPEN MRI require 60 minutes.

MRI uses a powerful magnetic field and radio waves to create an image without radiation. It provides excellent soft tissue and bone detail. Some cases require an intravenous injection or an arthrogram in conjunction with the scan. Closed and flared MRI exams require approximately 45 minutes to complete. Exams on the OPEN MRI require 60 minutes.

Preparation prior to procedure

No special preparation is needed, but in order to stay more relaxed during the exam, avoidance of caffeine prior to the exam is recommended.

Patients with pacemakers, cerebral aneurysm clips and internal neurostimulators cannot be scanned. Before an exam, you may be requested to change into a gown and remove all metal. If you think you may be pregnant, please inform your physician or the technologist before your exam. If you have a known contrast allergy, please contact your physician or the imaging location where you are having your exam as soon as possible.

Post-exam instructions

You can resume normal activities right away. If you were given contrast, it will pass naturally through your body within a day. There are no side effects associated with this exam.

Results turn-around time

A radiologist will interpret your exam and a transcribed report will be available to the ordering physician within 24 hours.

Institute for Orthopaedic Imaging (IOI)

MRI uses a powerful magnetic field and radio waves to create an image without radiation. It provides excellent soft tissue and bone detail. Some cases require an intravenous injection or an arthrogram in conjunction with the scan. Closed and flared MRI exams require approximately 45 minutes to complete. Exams on the OPEN MRI require 60 minutes.

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