What Is an MRI?
MRI is short for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, which is a technique that uses a combination of radio wave energy and magnetic fields to visualize internal body structures. This type of imaging provides different visual information than that of X-Rays or CT scans.
The machines that produce these images are called MRI machines. Patients lay in the center of these large, tube-shaped structures while the machine takes pictures of the body’s internal environment. The machine does not touch the body or flash during this procedure, but it will produce loud knocking noises for the duration.
Types of MRI
The MRI is an extremely useful diagnostic tool, allowing doctors to visualize internal damage and disease before serious symptoms arise. Doctors use this imaging technique to study any part of the body, depending what they’re looking for.
Some of the more common MRI images our Gettysburg office provides include:
- Pelvis MRIs: These scans examine the reproductive and urinary organs, as well as the bladder, rectum and hipbones to identify reproductive disorders, urinary issues, tumors and injuries.
- Back and Body MRIs: An MRI of the torso can detect a multitude of diseases and problems. Herniated or bulging discs, heart problems and other organ issues can be identified this way.
- Brain MRIs: Looking at a brain through an MRI will reveal tumors, aneurysms, nerve injuries and the results of a stroke, among other issues.
- Knee MRIs: Bone issues, tissue tears and other problems in the knee can be visualized very well with an MRI.
- Liver MRIs: Liver MRIs produce detailed images of the liver for diagnostic purposes, making them ideal for identifying liver cancer.
What to Expect During an MRI
MRI scans are minimally invasive and easy to get through. Generally, patients can expect the following:
- Since MRI machines are large magnets, you’ll be asked to remove any metallic objects, like watches or jewelry, from your body. Typically, you will receive a gown or scrubs to change into.
- Occasionally, the technologist will inject a contract solution, gadolinium, into a patient to improve the visualization of certain structures. Your doctor will notify you beforehand if you need this injection.
- MRI equipment makes a muffled thumping sound as it scans the body — this will last for several minutes.
- MRI scans are not invasive, so patients should experience no unusual sensation during the scanning.
- Generally, patients can expect their entire MRI exam to take anywhere from 40 to 60 minutes, though timing differs based on which part of the body is being examined.
After the exam, you can resume your usual activities immediately. Your MRI results will usually be available to your physician within 24 hours after your test.
Contact Adams Diagnostic Imaging
Adams Diagnostic Imaging is one of the best Magnetic Resonance Imaging providers in Gettysburg, providing high quality, pleasant imaging experiences. If you have questions about the MRI procedure or need assistance scheduling your next appointment, please contact us using the form below.