Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a sophisticated and highly accurate imaging technique used to diagnose diseases of the brain, spine, skeleton, chest, abdomen, pelvis, and blood vessels. MRI produces detailed cross-sectional pictures of your internal organs and structures without using ionizing radiation. During your exam, you will lie on a table and the table will move you into a tunnel-like opening. The tunnel-like opening is surrounded by a magnet that helps to create images of your body. An MRI takes between 30-to 60 minutes and the technologist will help you lie on your back or a cushioned scanning table. You will be given pillows or cushions for comfort. You may also be provided with ear plugs or headphones with music to help block out the noises. You won't feel a thing but you will hear thumping or knocking sound for several minutes at a time. This is completely normal. In some cases your doctor may order a contrast agent to enhance the images. If a contrast agent is used, it will be injected into a vein in your arm. While the contrast agent used in MRI is very safe, it is important that you tell your doctor and the MRI technologist if you have been diagnose with diabetes, kidney or liver disease, kidney failure, are on dialysis, or if you have had a kidney transplant. It is also important that you tell the MRI tech if you are currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments (within the last two week).
Following your MRI your images are sent to a physician who specializes in the review of these images. This physician will prepare a report that is shared with you doctor. Your doctor will consider this information and is responsible for contacting you with the results.