Wide Bore MRI

PRIOR TO YOUR VISIT
  •  It is important to let our scheduler know if you have any metal implants, brain aneurysm clips, a heart pacemaker or defibrillator, ferrous metal in the eye or any other implanted material, as these may be contraindications to your exam. Your physician can consult with our radiologist to determine the appropriate test for you.
  • If you are at least 65 years of age and will be receiving an intravenous contrast agent in conjunction with your MRI exam, you will need to have completed recent blood work prior to your exam. Please be sure to discuss with your physician prior to your scheduled exam date.
  • Please bring any relevant outside X-rays or other exams for correlation. This is especially important for Spine and Musculoskeletal MRI exams.
  • Our staff will contact you prior to your scheduled appointment date to confirm your upcoming visit. To make your visit as quick as possible, we will make every effort to pre-register you for your visit.

 

ON THE DAY OF YOUR VISIT

  • Please bring any relevant outside X-rays or other exams for correlation. This is especially important for Spine and Musculoskeletal MRI exams.
  • Please notify the technologist of any prior surgeries or injuries where metal may be inside the body.

 

FOR AN MRCP

  • No food or drink 8 hours prior to your procedure.

 

ALL OTHER EXAMS

  • No preparation is required.

 

OTHER HELPFUL HINTS

  • The exam takes about an hour, during which time you will need to lie still on a comfortable padded table. You are encouraged to bring a favorite, relaxing CD to listen to during the exam.
  • We will try to make you as comfortable as possible during your exam. If you experience discomfort at any time, you will be able to communicate with the technologist through an intercom system.
  • During the exam, you will hear humming, clicking and thumping sounds coming from the equipment. There is no need for alarm, as these sounds are part of the normal functioning of this type of equipment.
  • For optimal imaging quality, it is important for you to remain as still as possible during your exam. Your technologist will provide pillows and pads to help you become comfortably positioned.
  • Wear comfortable clothing that is free from any metal, such as buttons and zippers. If this is not possible, we will provide you with a gown during your exam.
  • Female patients may also wear a sports bra. Leave jewelry, hair pins and any metallic objects at home.
 
FOLLOWING YOUR VISIT
  •  Our Radiologists will interpret your images and send a report directly to your doctor. Your doctor will communicate the results of your exam to you.
 
What is Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)?
  
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to provide pictures of organs and structures inside the body. In many cases, MRI provides information that cannot be obtained from an x-ray, ultrasound or CT scan. For an MRI test, the area of the body being studied is positioned inside a strong magnetic field. The MRI can detect changes in the normal structure and characteristics of organs or other tissues. Sometimes, a contrast agent is used in conjunction with an MRI study, to produce more clearly defined images.
 
 
Rest Assured Your MRI Will be a Pleasant Experience
  
We understand that some people have reservations about having an MRI, but it can be a pleasant experience. With your comfort in mind, the El Mirador Imaging Center offers the Toshiba Titan MRI unit. This unit provides more room in the magnet and less noise during the exam, so it is easier to remain motionless during your procedure. The table weight limit is 440 lbs.
 
The Toshiba Titan is a horizontal field whole body magnet that provides room to relax. What makes this scanner unique is that it is a High Field Scanner. The scanner is equipped with the latest High Field hardware and software technology. This feature will ease your mind and provide a more satisfying experience.