An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is an advanced and modern technological procedure that uses a large magnet and radio frequencies to produce detailed images of structures and organs in the body for professional medical staff to make accurate diagnoses. MRIs, unlike x-rays and CT scans, do NOT use radiation.
FAQ About MRI
MRI scan has proven valuable in diagnosing a broad range of conditions, including cancer, heart and vascular disease, and muscular and bone abnormalities. MRI scan can detect abnormalities that might be obscured by bone with other imaging methods.
Depending on the type of exam you will receive, the length of the actual procedure will typically vary between 15 minutes and 45 minutes. More involved MRIs may take longer than 45 minutes.
No, the MRI won’t cause any pain; it only requires that the patient remain still during the examination. However, due to the length of some examinations, some patients may find it uncomfortable to stay still for the exam. The technologist will do their best to get you as comfortable as possible for the exam using MRI-safe cushions and supports.
A radiologist will review the images taken during your MRI. A radiologist is a physician trained to analyze and interpret MRIs and other radiologic examinations. The results from an MRI scan are typically interpreted within 24 hours, and the scans themselves are usually given immediately to the patient after the MRI is complete.