Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a safe, non-invasive way for your physician to look into your body. The exam uses radio waves and a magnetic field to create images of the soft tissues and bones of the body and provide information that can improve your diagnosis.
MRI Images look a lot like a conventional x-ray; however, they provide much more detailed information. The images will be provided to your physician or radiologist for interpretation.
How is the MRI Performed?
You will be asked to lie on a table and the technologist will position you comfortably. The table will be slid sideways into the open magnet. In most cases, only the extremity being imaged will be in the magnet.
What Can I Expect?
You won’t feel anything throughout the scan; however, you may be in some discomfort at the time of your exam due to your pain. You will hear a muffled rumbling and/or a slight knocking sound.
How Long Will the Exam Take?
The complete exam takes 45-60 minutes.