MRI/Magnetic Resonance Imaging
The Siemens 1.5 Tesla MRI at ELIH is an ultra high speed unit that offers excellent image quality, shorter examinations and increased efficiency while providing enhanced comfort for larger patients and those sensitive to enclosed spaces. Clinical applications include neurology, angiography, spectroscopy, orthopedic and cardiac examinations. The 1.5 Tesla MRI also performs extended analysis for high risk patients in need of breast MRI as an added supplement to mammography. MRI with IV Sedation is also available.
What will I experience during my MRI?
- You will be asked to remove any clothing, jewelry or other metal objects that may interfere with the procedure. If you are asked to remove clothing, you will be given a gown to wear.
- A radiology technologist will position you on the MRI exam table. Likely, you will be lying flat on your back. Straps, foam braces or pillows may be used to help you maintain the correct position during the test.
- The MRI tech will be in another room where the scanner controls are located. However, you will be in constant sight of the tech through a window.
- Speakers inside the MRI scanner help the tech communicate with you. You will also have a call button to let the tech know if you have any problems during the test.
- During the diagnostic test, there will be a clicking noise in the machine as the magnetic field is created and pulses of radio waves are sent from the scanner. You will be given headphones to block out the noises from the MRI scanner and to help you hear any messages or instructions from the tech.
- It is important that you remain very still during the examination.
- Depending on the body part being scanned, you may have to hold your breath for short periods of time.
- If contrast is used for your imaging procedure, initial images will be taken. Then, contrast will be injected in an intravenous line; a second set of images will then be obtained.
- If you have claustrophobia (a fear of enclosed spaces) or have difficulty remaining still, let your physician know before scheduling your exam. Based on your physician’s recommendation, ‘light sedation’ can be administered during your MRI exam to make your more comfortable and achieve optimum test results.