MRI uses radio waves and a strong magnetic field rather than x-rays to provide remarkably clear and detailed pictures of internal organs and tissues. The technique has proven very valuable for the diagnosis of a broad range of conditions in all parts of the body, including cancer, heart and vascular disease, stroke, and joint and musculoskeletal disorders. MRI requires specialized equipment and expertise and allows evaluation of some body structures that may not be as visible with other imaging methods. The images are called slices and can be generated in any imaging plane.
A small number of patients may have difficulty completing the exam because of claustrophobia. This tends not to be a significant problem at Moran, Rowen & Dorsey, Inc. because of our warm and friendly staff, the open and inviting scan room, and the short bore design of our magnet. We also have headphones available to listen to a CD during the exam. You may chose one from our collection or bring your own favorite. If you feel claustrophobia will still be a problem you may wish to contact your referring doctor for a sedative, or discuss with your physician to have your procedure performed on our Open MRI.
If you are scheduled for an MRI, it is important for you to inform your physician and the technologist performing the exam if you have: cardiac pacemaker, artificial heart valve, metal plate, pin or other metallic implant, aneurysm clip, previous gunshot wound, permanent makeup, or if you have every been a metal worker or have ever had metal in your eyes or other parts of your body. Any metal substance on you can affect the quality of the images. It can also cause discomfort or injury to you when placed in the magnetic field.