Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)


MRI General Information:
InnerVision Main offers a Signa® 1.5(T) HDxt Tesla machine
. MRI uses no ionizing radiation in the study.

Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, is a painless, non-invasive imaging test that allows physicians to look inside various parts of the body, such as the brain or spine. MRI works by creating a magnetic field, sending radio waves into the body and then measuring the response with an advanced computer system. This creates a series of detailed images that are interpreted by a radiologist, a physician with special training in interpreting diagnostic studies.

MRI is used to study many parts of the body including:

* The Brain: to help diagnose stroke, tumor or other neurological conditions
* The Spine: to help diagnose ruptured disks, arthritis, or other causes of back pain
* Joints: (such as the knee, shoulder, ankle, wrist): to look for ruptured ligaments, damaged cartilage, or small fractures that can't be seen on regular X-rays
* The Heart: to look for structural defects and to see how well the heart functions

Preparation for an Upcoming Exam:
For all exams, please tell your doctor and InnerVision if you are pregnant or think you are pregnant.

Since an MRI exam may require the use of a special dye, called intravenous contrast, patients who are having an MRI of the brain or spine are asked to have nothing to eat or drink for 3 hours prior to arrival.

Abdominal, MRA or MRCP: Nothing to eat or drink for 4 hours prior to exam.

Save Time---Fill Out Your Patient Questionnaire Online!
You can fill out our MRI questionnaire online rather than the day of your exam. Your form will be securely sent to our radiology information system.

Important Note to all Patients:
If you have had MRI dye in the past and have been told that you had a "reaction" to it (such as hives), please notify your doctor and InnerVision directly (765-447-7447) as soon as possible. Please note that MRI dye is NOT the same as C.T. scan dye or the X-ray dye that is used for an IVP exam or an angiogram.

Due to the strong magnetic field, please call InnerVision if you have had a pacemaker, aneurysm clip, nerve stimulator, indwelling medication pump (like insulin), or inner ear (cochlear) device inserted and it is still present, or if you have had any metal object placed inside your body during your lifetime. We also need to know if any metal has ever gotten in your eyes and has not been removed by a physician. If you have had an implant, please bring your implant card with so the technologist can assess if the implant is safe in the MRI environment.

What to Expect on the Day of Your Exam:
Please arrive at your scheduled appointment time. You will then need to change into a pair of "scrubs." Depending on the type of exam being done, an intravenous (I.V.) line may be started.

Before entering the exam room, you will be asked to empty your pockets and remove your watch and any jewelry. This is done since the MRI magnet will erase your credit cards, will stop your watch and will attract metallic objects.

You will be placed on the MRI table and will be offered ear plugs or if available, the opportunity to wear headphones and listen to the music. The technologist will begin the exam by taking a "scout" picture to localize the part of the body to be scanned. Once this is done, the technologist will do a series of pictures called "sequences" which looks at the area to be studied in several different ways. While in the machine, you will hear a series of noises made by the magnet as the images are obtained. This is normal. The technologist may come back into the room to start the injection of intravenous dye. Additional images will be obtained after the dye is injected.

When all of the needed images are acquired you will be asked a few exit questions and your i.v. will be removed and you will be free to leave. You will be given an opportunity to fill out an evaluation of our services and make suggestions for improvement.

Your images will then be reviewed by one of our board certified radiologists, specifically trained in MRI, and who will issue a timely report to your doctor.

Please contact us at 765.447.7447


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