Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a type of imaging that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to generate images of the body. MRI has become a very valuable diagnostic tool detecting everything from cancer, heart and vascular disease, strokes, and disorders of the joints and musculoskeletal system. Of equal significance is the ability for physicians to avoid unnecessary surgery and more invasive diagnostic procedures. MRI technology produces extremely detailed images of body tissue, organs and bones without the need for radiation. Electromagnetic energy is released producing two and three dimensional images. The MRI scanner creates a strong magnetic field through the body, and then it sends radio waves into the body and it asseses the response sent back from the different tissues. Under the influence of the magnetic field, different tissues send back different responses to the radio waves. Also, certain diseased or injured tissues send responses that are different from healthy ones. A computer in the scanner processes the different responses, and where they came from, into images of the body. These are displayed as slices, like slices through an apple or a loaf of bread. The images are sent to the radiologist for interpretation.
How long does an exam take?
The length of the exam varies, but most exams can be completed in 30 minutes. If you have multiple exams, each exam takes approximately 30 minutes.
When will I have my results?
After your exam, the radiologist will review your images and a report will be sent directly to your physician. Reports are available within 4 hours!