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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a strong magnet and radio waves to produce very detailed images of the area your doctor wants us to examine. There is no radiation. You will be asked to provide the technologist a detailed medical/surgical history which will include information on any medically implanted devices. Patients with certain medically implanted devices will not be suitable candidates for MRI. This screening is for your safety due to the strong magnetic field.
Some exams will require a small injection of contrast. This is a paramagnetic contrast and does not contain iodine. It will pass through your system naturally the same day. You may be required to obtain a special blood test to assure that your kidney function is adequate for exams requiring an injection of contrast. For your safety please inform your doctor and the technologist about any of the following:
Allergies, kidney problems, and if you are pregnant.
MR units make different "knocking noises" to produce images during the exam. You will be given headphones for music or earplugs for your comfort. The MRI exam will take 20 to 60 minutes depending on what exam is ordered. The technologist will monitor you throughout the exam.
Your doctor will contact you with results.