Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic method that combines a strong magnetic field with radio waves to produce multidimensional images of your body. MRI examination shows detailed images of organs, muscles, nerves, blood vessels and other body structures. At the clinic, we have a new MRI device that provides HD images of the highest quality and highest medical standard to ensure the best image quality.
What should I expect during an MRI?
The procedure is painless and non-invasive and has no harmful ionizing rays or radiation. A specially trained radiologist will fit you in and arrange everything for your examination. During an MRI examination, you are inside of the device. The unit makes repetitive sounds, which is why you’ll get special earbuds that muffle the sounds to make you feel more comfortable. It is important to be as calm as possible throughout the examination, as artifacts may be created when moving which could harm the image analysis afterward. It is also important to follow the instructions of the technologist/radiologist. Your MRI technologist will place specialized coils around the area of the body that is to be examined. The examination might last from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on whether the contrast is used and which area of the body is being examed.
How to prepare for an MRI?
Make sure you bring all the medical records (medical history) that are relevant to the examination you are doing. Wear comfortable clothing and leave metallic items such as jewelry, money, metals, and other items in the changing room. Remove hearing aids and dentures. Non-MRI patients are patients with a built-in pacemaker (not compatible with the MRI device) or items made of ferromagnetic materials. If further instructions are required, they will be provided to you when scheduling the appointment.
Intravenous contrast (IV) and preparation (if necessary)
Before any magnetic resonance imaging treatment, it would be good to have urea and creatinine blood results, so that our doctors can evaluate whether they can give you IV contrast. In case of an emergency and you do not have urea and creatinine blood results; this could be done at the clinic. If you are a kidney patient, urea and creatinine blood results are compulsory. In case you are allergic to the IV contrast substance you have to share this information with our doctor or technologist.