Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive medical test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio waves to create images of the body’s internal organs and structures. The resulting images reveal details that are invisible or hard to see when using other imaging methods, such as x-rays, ultrasound exams or CT scans. Physicians often rely on these MRI images in order to properly diagnose a variety of injuries, conditions and diseases.
There is little preparation needed for an MRI exam. Simply arrive at the Meridian Imaging office roughly 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. We do ask that all patients provide answers to a series of medical history questions before proceeding with the exam.
You will be asked to remove all metal or electronic objects from your body before the exam. This is particularly important, as these objects will interfere with the magnetic field and can be very dangerous if taken into the MRI exam room.
Be sure to tell the radiologist or MRI technologist, if you have any of the following objects and/or devices on your person or inside of your body before the exam begins:
- Watches and/or jewelry
- Cell phones and/or other mobile devices
- Implanted electronic devices
- Implanted metallic devices (fillings, hearing aids, metallic dentures, artificial heart valves, etc.)
An MRI exam is painless and typically takes between 30 to 45 minutes (plus preparation time) to complete. However, an MRI may take longer than an hour, depending on the number and/or type of MRI exam being conducted.