An MRI is used to generate cross sectional images of organs, soft tissue, bone and virtually all other internal body structures. An MRI does not emit radiation because it uses a strong magnet, radio waves, and a computer to produce images.
At MDI Hospital, our MRI is available Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through a partnership with Insight Imaging. This mobile unit enables us to offer MRI service conveniently and affordably and provides exactly the same type of imaging as a permanently installed instrument.
In general, there is little prior preparation before the exam. You will need to remove any metal objects you are wearing including clothing that contains metal fasteners or accents such as bras with metal clasps, pants with metal zippers, hairclips and bobby pins, and jewelry. You will be provided a gown and a secure place for your belongings.
You will be asked to lay on a table and the area to be scanned will enter a ring-like device. Scanning does produce a fair amount of noise and you will be provided with headphones to listen to soothing music while your procedure is underway. A typical scan takes 30-60 minutes plus any preparation time.