Molecular Scans: MRI Imaging

MRI Imaging

What is an MRI?
MRI, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, is a method of obtaining detailed images of the internal body structures without the use of radiation. A large magnet, radio waves and computers generate advanced detailed images that cannot be seen on conventional X-rays.

How Does an MRI Work?

The human body is made up of millions of atoms. When placed in a magnetic field, these atoms line up with the field, much like a compass points to the North. Radio waves produce signals that, with a powerful antenna, are picked up and sent to a computer. This computer will perform millions of calculations to produce pristine images for diagnosis. During the exam, you will be asked to lie on a cushioned table, and a device called a coil will be placed over or under you. The coil is designed to produce the clearest image possible. From here, you will hear a thumping sound for several minutes at a time. Relax and lie still as any movement can blur the picture. The technologist will always be in touch with you.

What is an Open MRI?

An Open MRI allows for claustrophobic patients and larger patients to be scanned with more comfort.  The technology in these machines is very close to matching the technology of those seen in traditional, closed MRIs.  Open MRIs do require a patient to lay down, but they do not completely enclose the patient, therefore relieving the patient of anxiety.

What is a High Field MRI?

The High Field MRI has a stronger magnetic strength, which allows for a shorter scan time. The area that the patient lies in is almost the same size as the area for a CT scan, unlike some MRI’s scanners where the patient is lying in a tube, this makes it much easier and more comfortable for claustrophobic patients to tolerate. Molecular Imaging’s high field magnet was designed to deliver high performance imaging and shorter scan times with the most patient-friendly design.

How Do I Prepare for an MRI?

  • The day of your scan, bring your health insurance cards with you
  • Please remember to bring your doctor’s written prescription for the test with you
  • Please wear comfortable clothing with no metallic parts
  • Eat normally and continue your daily routine
  • Continue any medications prescribed by your physician unless otherwise instructed
  • Please bring your favorite CD so that it can be played for you during your exam. The technologist will then thoroughly explain the procedure to you
  • You will be asked to leave the following items in a secured locker: eyeglasses, jewelry, watches, coins, credit cards, keys and other metal items
  • When scheduling your exam, and again prior to your exam, please inform our staff about any of the following: pacemaker, metal implants, pregnancy, surgical staples, aneurysm clips, permanent tattoos and any foreign metal objects in the eye
  • Expect your visit to last from 30-60 minutes for a single scan

Molecular MRI Benefits

  • Same day/next day appointment availability
  • Open MRI to alleviate claustrophobic patients
  • Trilingual staff (English,Spanish and Polish)
  • Patient-centered, caring staff
  • Reports faxed to your physician within 24 hours
  • Stat and wet reads available
  • Board certified radiologists including chiropractic and podiatric radiologists
  • Most insurances accepted
  • Free parking
  • Transportation provided (when needed)
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