What Is an MRI?
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) creates graphic views of the inside of your body using magnets and electromagnetic waves. MRIs allow doctors to see organs and muscles in detail, and can therefore be used to diagnose health conditions and support a treatment plan.
These images are detailed enough to see smaller structures in the body and are ideal for finding tumors, arthritis and even infections. MRIs are currently the most accurate images doctors can use to view the structure of both hard and soft tissues throughout the body.
What to Expect During an MRI
MRIs can last anywhere from half an hour to an hour. You’ll need to remove any metal objects, which may include earrings and other jewelry or belts. You’ll be asked to change into a gown before the MRI, and you’ll lie on a table which will be moved through the MRI machine.
An MRI is a circular machine and will move around your body as images are taken. MRIs are not painful, although some patients have trouble with the closeness of the machine and the loud noise. If you’re uncomfortable in any way, you can speak with us about sedation options prior to your procedure.
If you’re getting an MRI with contrast, the technician will either inject the dye during your procedure or have you drink a liquid.
How Safe Are MRIs?
MRIs are considered to be safe for both adults and children, as they use less radiation than even x-rays. To date, no evidence exists showing adverse effects of the magnets or electromagnetic waves used in MRIs.
Some people may be sensitive to the dye, called gadolinium, that’s used in MRIs. If you know you’re allergic or sensitive to gadolinium, talk to your physician beforehand, as there are medications available that can stop or minimize allergic reactions.
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