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Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI is a valuable, painless, diagnostic tool that is used for the examination of internal body areas, which cannot be detected by conventional x-rays. This imaging method produces a series of cross-sectional pictures that helps physicians in detecting many conditions in earlier stages, thus optimizing patient outcomes.

Areas of the body, which may undergo an MRI scan, include the head, chest, abdomen, vital organs, joints, spine or extremities such as hands, wrists, ankles and feet. Our highly sophisticated scanners also have capability to diagnose diseases of blood vessels in the brain, neck, and body.

 

Patient Guide

Preparation:

  • First you will be asked to change you clothes and wear a gown (Note that, our changing room is private and it includes a secure locker. However, it is better that you leave valuable items at home).
  • You will be asked to remove anything metallic, such as jewelry, dentures, glasses, or hearing aids as well as credit cards and mobile phone, which might interfere with the MRI scan.
  • Patients, having a brain scan should not wear any make-up as some brands may contain metal
  • MRI scanners do not use x-rays. Instead, they use a very strong magnet and radio frequency. However, it is important to inform your technologist if there is a chance you could be pregnant. There is no evidence that MRI is unsafe for a developing fetus; however, we are still careful in the use of MRI on pregnant patients especially before 4 months.

 

Procedure:

  • First, you will lie down on the patient table in the MRI room. The technologist positions the part of your body to be scanned in the middle of the large cylindrical magnet. The scanner does not touch you, nor you will feel anything. Because the scanner does make a loud knocking noise when it takes the pictures, the technologist will offer you headphones to listen to music or earplugs to lessen to the sound.
  • The technologist leaves the room, but he will be in full view and communication with you through the observation window in the adjoining room. It is important for you to lie very still and at some points, you may be asked to briefly hold your breath as the picture is taken.
  • Each MRI scan is individualized and tailored to each patient’s needs. If you’ve had previous MRI scan, do not be concerned if this one is longer or shorter duration. After your preliminary scan, if you require a contrast medium, the technologist will bring you out of the magnet and inject the contrast into the IV placed in your arm.
  • The technologist then returns you to your original position in the magnet.
  • After all of the images are taken, we may ask you to wait a few moments while the radiologist reviews all the images so we can be sure we have exactly what your doctor wants. You may then get dressed and leave.

 

 After Procedure:

You have no restrictions after having a MRI scan. To help eliminate the contrast medium from your body, remember to drink plenty of fluids. Rapid results are essential not only for your peace-of-mind, but also for your physician to begin planning your treatment immediately. KHCC radiologists read the scans and forward the results of your test to your physician, who will discuss them with you.

 

 

 

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