What is an MRI?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a powerful imaging technique that uses a combination of a strong magnet, radio waves, and a computer to produce exceptionally detailed images of the body and internal organs. No radiation is used with an MRI. Magnetic Resonance Imaging can evaluate virtually all areas of the body and is often used to visualize the brain, spine, bones, joints, abdomen, and pelvis.
Sharp & Children's MRI Center features sophisticated, state-of-the-art, high field conventional MRI scanners capable of producing the highest quality images which are interpreted by radiologists with subspecialty training.
What do I need to know about my MRI exam?
Most MRI scans require no special preparation or dietary restrictions. When you arrive at the scMRI Center, you will be asked to complete a medical history form and to report if you have any metal objects in or on your body. Because of the strong magnetic field, you will need to remove anything that might be attracted to the magnet including watches, credit cards, coins, keys, hairpins, jewelry, and cell phones. You will be provided with a locker for the safekeeping of your articles.
Patients with pacemakers, certain cerebral aneurysm clips, and internal metal objects cannot be scanned with MRI. Please let us know immediately if you or your child has any clips or metal objects prior to your exam. Some metallic objects such as artificial hips, knees, most surgical clips and staples, and dental filings are safe for an MRI examination.
Your exam will be performed by a highly-qualified MRI technologist. Prior to the exam you may be asked to change into a robe. Once you are positioned and comfortable on the scanner platform, you will be moved into the center of a large cylinder which forms the core of the magnet. The opening is flared to reduce claustrophobia. For your additional comfort we offer ear plugs or headphones with soothing music.
Contrast material may be administered intravenously in order to see internal structures and organs more clearly. This contrast material is extremely safe and it does not contain iodine. During the exam you will hear knocking noises created by the magnetic field and radio waves being transmitted by the scanner which is a normal part of the procedure. It is important that you remain completely still during the exam to obtain clear images.
Our MRI technologist will be in visual and voice contact with you during the entire exam. You may choose to have a family member stay with you inside the magnet room during your procedure; the same safety precautions apply to them as well. The length of your exam will vary depending on what area of the body is to be studied. Typically, you can expect your procedure to last from 30 to 45 minutes.
For efficient processing, your images and diagnostic report are digitally stored and electronically transmitted to your physician.