Frequently Asked Questions
An MRI image allows your doctor to diagnose and treat your medical condition by providing a closer look inside your organs, muscle, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons.
Additional test may be ordered before or after your MRI with your doctor’s permission.
Yes. You need to lie as still as possible in order for your MRI image to be clear. Alert the technician if you start to feel uncomfortable.
Your doctor may request the use of a contrast medium, which is required for some types of scans to produce a clear image. Since an MRI contrast is administered intravenously, please notify us if you are diabetic or have limited kidney function because this may limit the use of MRI contrast.
Yes. Radiologists and Technologists follow strict codes of professional conduct and are bound to confidentiality agreements.
Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) is a procedure that provides a specialized radiologist a detailed view of your blood vessels. The procedure is painless and done inside the open MRI scanner.
No, MRI dye isn’t iodine-based. It uses gadolinium, which has a much lower risk of reaction than x-ray dye.
A CT Scan (or CAT Scan) is best suited for viewing bone injuries, diagnosing lung and chest problems, and detecting cancers. An MRI is suited for examining soft tissue in ligament and tendon injuries, spinal cord injuries, brain tumors, etc. One advantage of an MRI is that it does not use radiation while CAT scans do.
If you suffer from claustrophobia you may want to take a mild sedative before your MRI. Sedatives will not be administered in our office. Please get a prescription from your doctor and have someone drive you to our office or take public transportation. You should not drive after taking a sedative.