Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic technique that uses a strong magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce cross-sectional images of different parts of the body. MRI is a totally painless procedure with no known side effects. MRI can detect many abnormalities that CT scanning and x-rays cannot, especially those involving soft tissue.
MRI is most commonly used to image the brain, spine, organs in the chest and abdomen, the heart and blood vessels and structures near bones, such as muscles and ligaments.
At Windsor Radiology we also offer Breast MRI which, when needed and used in conjunction with your mammogram or breast ultrasound, provides additional information for the most complete and accurate diagnosis. Our new bilateral breast MRI technology allows for the imaging of one or both breasts simultaneously, thereby reducing exam time for our patients.
What to expect
You won’t feel anything during the scan, but you may hear humming, thumping, clicking and knocking sounds from the equipment. You will be provided with headphones or earplugs to help mask the noise.
For most types of MRI exams, the technologist wraps a special coil around the body part that is being examined. Depending on the area being imaged, you may be given a contrast agent to make internal organs and structures more visible. The technologist will position you on a padded, moveable table that slides into the opening of the scanner.
The technologist will not be in the room during the procedure, but will be able to see you and you will be able to communicate through an intercom system. The technologist will tell you when each scan sequence is beginning and how long it will last. You will be asked to remain as still as possible throughout the sequence.
When the exam is complete, your MRI images will be given to a radiologist, a physician who specializes in the diagnostic interpretation of medical images. After your images have been reviewed, your personal physician will receive a report of the findings.