What to Expect
An MRI machine temporarily realigns hydrogen atoms in the body. Radio waves make these atoms create very faint signals—and those are used to make cross-sectional images. Those images are layered on top of each other to give doctors a view of the body that they can see from different angles. MRI provides excellent anatomical detail of the soft tissues and can spot a huge range of issues, including disk abnormalities in the spine, joint problems, tumors in various organs like the kidneys and ovaries, structural problems in the heart, and brain injuries.
What is Contrast?
Your doctor may request that you receive an injection of a contrast agent called “gadolinium”. If you are having an MRI with contrast, the technologist will start an IV in your arm. Unlike contrast agents used in x-ray studies, MRI contrast agents do not contain iodine and rarely cause allergic reactions or other problems. This contrast enhances the image quality, allowing the radiologist to be more accurate and confident in their diagnosis. When the imaging exam is complete, the contrast material is either absorbed by the body or eliminated through urine.
Wide Open Spaces
Open MRI provides the most comfortable advanced imaging experience.
Conventional MRI scanners are a cylinder shape, while an open MRI does not completely surround your body.Open Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or Open MRI, is a very patient-friendly scan that is quieter and more comfortable for patients than a closed MRI. Open MRI gathers information about your body using a magnet, radio waves, and a computer to create detailed internal images of the body and transmits them for your doctor to see.
Claustrophobic and obese patients as well as those feeling anxious or concerned are often able to comfortably undergo Open MRI examinations. It features a large and comfortable bed and opening, reduced noise and allows patients to relax during the exam. In addition to enhanced comfort, this technology features high-field technology to provide outstanding image quality.
Scheduling a Procedure
Midwest Radiology maintains dedicated scheduling resources for all outpatient imaging center locations. We offer same-day scheduling and accept most forms of medical insurance. Call us today!
Our outpatient imaging services are provided through St. Paul Radiology and Suburban Imaging clinics conveniently located throughout the Twin Cities area. We offer top quality imaging services that generate high-resolution imagery using state-of-the-art medical imaging equipment.
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