What is an MRI?
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) utilizes a magnetic field and pulses of radio waves to create images of structures inside the human body. MRI boasts the ability to deliver much more detailed scans of certain areas of the body, far beyond other imaging technologies.
Provision Diagnostic Imaging has both a 1.5T (1.5 tesla) and 3.0T (3.0 tesla) MRI machine. MRIs offer superior imaging capabilities and tesla is the unit of measurement to define the magnetic flux density. The higher the tesla, the stronger the magnet. Your physician will know which MRI is better for you, depending on your specific medical condition and what part of your body your physician needs to examine.
An MRI can provide physicians with information on:
- Joint and musculoskeletal disorders
- Some cancers
- Damage to blood vessels or internal organs
- Damage or abnormalities in the brain or spinal cord
- Heart and vascular disease
3.0 Tesla MRI
Revolutionary Comfort- The 3.0 Tesla MRI has an extra-large open bore that accommodates a wide range of patients including the obese and elderly. It has a table limit up to 550 lbs. The extra space is also excellent for those who suffer from claustrophobia during an MRI exam. Both Provision MRI rooms have large exterior windows to further assist with claustrophobic anxiety. Headphones are available to listen to your choice of music during your scan.
Confidence- The powerful 3.0 Tesla magnet provides extraordinary detailed images so your doctor can have greater diagnostic confidence.
Open Bore 1.5 Tesla MRI
The Open Bore 1.5T MRI maximizes patient comfort while maintaining the highest quality and accuracy. The patient must lie very still on a table that moves through the scanner. The procedure typically lasts less than thirty minutes and is completely painless. You can even listen to your favorite music during the scan with the provided head phones. There is one foot of spacious headroom so you won’t feel like you are nose-to-nose with the magnet. In fact, 60% of exams can be done with your head outside of the system. The 1.5 Tesla MRI table limit is also 550 lbs., and the extra space can be beneficial for claustrophobic patients.
What to expect from an MRI
- Lie very still for 30 to 60 minutes.
- The machine can be loud at times and you will hear loud thumping or tapping. Earplugs will be provided to you during your scan.
- In some cases, a “contrast material” may be needed to highlight the area(s) of the body being scanned. This material, usually iodine, helps to emphasize blood vessels and other structures relevant to your medical issue and will be administered by a small IV catheter in the arm. Please notify our staff if you have any allergies to iodine.
- During MRI scans of the brain, you may be asked to perform small tasks during the scan, such as manipulating small objects or simply answering a few questions. These tasks help to pinpoint portions of the brain that control such actions
Preparing for your MRI
- Please arrive approximately 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to allow for the registration process.
- For MRIs with contrast. Please avoid eating anything for at least 4-6 hours before your scan (this includes sugar-free gum, mints, candy and beverages other than water).
No strenuous exercise the day of your exam (example: working out, jogging, etc.).
- Please notify your technician if you are Claustrophobic or might be pregnant or suspect you may be pregnant.
- Dress comfortably and warmly. Scanner rooms can sometimes be cool. Depending on the part of your body being scanned, you may be asked to remove your clothing and place on a gown or exam shorts.
- Please remove any metal objects, such as piercings or jewelry, that may interfere with the scan. Due to the strong magnetic field used for the MRI, staff will ask if you have:
- A heart pacemaker, or implanted defibrillator, or artificial heart valve
- Any prosthetic joints, hip or knee
- Any metal plates, pins, screws or surgical staples in your body
- Any bullets or metal shrapnel in your body
Your MRI results will be reported to your referring physician within 1-2 business days. Your referring physician will contact you with your results.