MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING (MRI)

MRI Imaging Services

What is an MRI?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive medical procedure used to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures. Magnetic resonance imaging does not use ionizing radiation. Under controlled circumstances, magnetic field and radio frequency energy are used to create computer images. These images are interpreted by SJRA specialists trained in sub specialties such as neuroradiology, orthopedic radiology, cardiothoracic radiology, and much more. Feel free to view all of our SJRA sub specialists and physicians.

What Are The Different Types of MRIs?

There are three main types of MRIs. The first type is a MR Angiography. An MR Angiography is a noninvasive medical procedure that uses a magnetic field and radio frequency energy to evaluate blood vessels and help identify abnormalities or plaque. This exam does not requires the use of any form of radiation, but may require the use of contrast material to better highlight the area being scanned.

The second type is a MR Arthrogram. Similar to a MR Angiography, An MR Arthrogram is a noninvasive medical procedure that uses a magnetic field and radio frequency energy to evaluate joints. This type of MRI is incredibly useful for orthopedics and pain specialists to identify why a particular joint is causing discomfort for a patient. Lastly, the final type of MRI is a Magnetic Resonance Venography (MRV). An MRV utilizes the same kind of technology as other MRI types, but focuses on producing high quality images of your veins. This type is very useful to identify various blood clots, strokes, and much more.

How Do I Prepare For An MRI?

No one should have to stress or go into an MRI with questions left unanswered. At SJRA, our physicians and nurses can answer any questions you may have. Over decades of experience, our imaging professionals realize a lot of people have similar concerns. Here are the most common questions we see:

According to the National Health Service (NHS), the average MRI takes about 15 – 90 minutes to complete. The time to complete an MRI depends on what part of the body is being scanned. At SJRA, we have the latest technology to ensure all of our patients are comfortable and to accommodate any time constraints without sacrificing quality.

The radiologists conducting your MRI may discuss initial results and impressions immediately after the scan to provide peace of mind. A more in-depth analysis is conducted and completed around 24 – 48 hours after the scan.

In many cases, an MRI doesn’t require an IV to be administered. The only cases where an IV may be administered is when contrast is needed or a radiologists recommends it due to a particular medical condition. You will always be informed if an IV is needed prior to the MRI.

This is one of the most common questions asked by patients. Over the years, MRI machines have focused heavily on becoming more comfortable for the patients. Today, there are many types of MRIs such as wide bore and open MRIs that have a lot of extra space to make sure patients are comfortable during the entire duration of the scan.

Before an MRI scan, you want to ensure your doctor has up to date information regarding past and current medications as well as any diagnosed illnesses. Your doctor will ensure your medical history is given to the radiologist before the scan is conducted. In most cases, there may be specific medications to avoid taking before an MRI such as certain vitamins and so forth. Your doctor will inform you what to stop doing before an MRI scan.

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