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MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

Underlying Problem Requiring an MRI:
The abbreviation "MRI" stands for "magnetic resonance imaging," and it is a tool that physicians can use to diagnose problems that might be affecting their patients. The MRI actually scans the entire human body, so there are any number of underlying problems that it might be used to detect. Doctors find that the MRI scans are especially helpful in determining when there are problems relating to the cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, and neurological systems. Additionally, the imaging is useful in finding cancers within the body.

MRI Process:

Receiving an MRI is generally a painless process. It is similar to an X-ray, although it combines different magnetic fields in order to create the appropriate picture. It also does not utilize ionizing radiation and is therefore considered to be even safer than X-rays. In some cases, the patient will be injected with a contrast agent. This liquid may travel through the blood vessels or be used in the joints to help create an even better contrast on the resulting image.

On the day of an MRI, the patient will be asked to remove any jewelry or clothing that includes metal, such as a bra. Most of the time, he or she will put on scrubs or a gown. If a contrast agent will be used, then an IV port may be put in at this point. Because some patients are claustrophobic, a sedative can also be administered. He or she will then lie down on a table that is part of the MRI machine.

Those getting a brain scan will have a "surface coil" put around their heads. It will be removed if the MRI is to continue on to other parts of the body. The technician will then turn on the machine, as the table and the patient are slowly slid into the chamber. A series of very loud knocks will accompany the procedure, so the patient will likely have been given earplugs to wear.

Because of the strong magnets used in an MRI, patients with certain types of implants will be unable to utilize this technology. For example, patients with pacemakers are rarely given an MRI. Implantable defibrillators, insulin pumps, deep brain stimulators, and cochlear implants may also disqualify a patient from having an MRI. Even the small clips from an aneurysm surgery or tiny metal fragments from working with metal can cause serious problems. For this reason, patients will be asked to fill out a questionnaire asking about any metal in their bodies.

Recovering from an MRI:

There are few side effects from an MRI, and patients can generally leave right after the test, unless the cause for the test indicates otherwise. Those who have been sedated will likely need to be released to someone who can drive them home. When contrast agents are used, it is recommended for patients to drink plenty of water over the next 24 hours.

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ALABAMA
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MISSOURI
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TENNESSEE
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WASHINGTON
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WYOMING
Cheyenne, WY
Northwest, WY
Statewide, WY


 

Featured Physicians

The following doctors specialize in MRI, and are current with the state-of-the-art in this technology. You can trust them with your care.