MRI 1.5T / 3.0T

The MRI scanner is generally shaped like a large circular donut with a tunnel passing through it. A table, on which you lie, slides into the tunnel.

Both ends of the scanner are open and will not close. We can even provide you with access to our music database or even watch your favourite movies on our newest MRI machine.

Our staff can see and talk to you from the control room throughout the entire scan.

You will be provided a buzzer, when you squeeze it, a noise will alert the radiographer and you will be able to talk to the radiographer whilst the images are being acquired.

The MRI scanner is very noisy; you will hear a knocking noise during the scan. We provide earplugs or headphones to reduce the noise to a safe level.

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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) utilises powerful magnetic fields and radio waves to take pictures of the inside of your body.

It is very safe and a non-invasive procedure. Furthermore, no ionising radiation (unlikely X-ray & CT scans) is used to create the images.
There’s no special preparation necessary for the MRI examination except for abdominal studies. There may be a contrast injection given thus all patients are required to not eat or drink 2 hours prior to their examination.

You won’t be allowed to wear anything metallic during the MRI examination, so it would be best to leave watches, jewellery or anything made from metal at home. Even some cosmetics contain small amounts of metals, so it is best to not wear make-up or hairspray.

In order to prevent metallic objects from being attracted by the powerful magnet of the MR system, you will typically receive a gown to wear during your examination. Items that need to be removed by patients before entering the MR system room include:

• Purse, wallet, money clip, credit cards, cards with magnetic strips
• Electronic devices such as beepers or cell phones
• Hearing aids
• Metal jewellery, watches
• Pens, paper clips, keys, coins
• Hair barrettes, hairpins
• Any article of clothing that has a metal zipper, buttons, snaps, hooks, underwires, or metal threads

Before the MRI procedure, you will be asked to fill out a screening form asking about anything that might create a health risk or interfere with imaging. You will also undergo an interview by a member of the MRI facility to ensure that you understand the questions on the form. Even if you have undergone an MRI procedure before at this or another facility, you will still be asked to complete an MRI screening form.

Examples of items or things that may create a health hazard or other problem during an MRI exam include:
• Pacemaker
• Heart Stents
• Neurostimulator
• Aneurysm clip
• Metal implant
• Implanted drug infusion device
• Foreign metal objects, especially if in or near the eye
• Shrapnel or bullet wounds
• Permanent cosmetics or tattoos
• Dentures/teeth with magnetic keepers
• Other implants that involve magnets
• Medication patch (i.e., transdermal patch) that contains metal foil

Check with the MRI technologist or Radiologist if you have questions or concerns about any implanted object or health condition that could impact the MRI procedure. This is particularly important if you have undergone surgery involving the brain, ear, eye, heart, or blood vessels.

Important Note: If you are pregnant or think that you could be pregnant, you must notify your physician and the Radiologist or the MRI technologist at the SWR prior to the MRI procedure.
You will be escorted into the room by a staff member and asked to lie down on a comfortably padded table that gently glides you into the scanner.

In general, in preparation for the MRI examination, you may be required to wear earplugs or headphones to protect your hearing because when the scanners operate, it will produce loud noises. These loud noises are normal and should not worry you.

For some MRI studies, a contrast agent called “gadolinium” may be injected into a vein to help obtain a clearer picture of the area being examined. At some point during the examination, a technologist will slide the table out of the scanner in order to inject the contrast agent. This is typically done through a small needle connected to an intravenous line that is placed in an arm or hand vein. A saline solution will drip through the intravenous line to prevent clotting until the contrast material is injected at some point during the exam. Unlike contrast agents used in x-ray studies, MRI contrast agents do not contain iodine and, therefore, rarely cause allergic reactions or other problems.

The most important thing for the patient to do is to relax and lie still. Most MRI exams take between 20-30 minutes to complete depending on the body part imaged and how many images are needed. You’ll be told ahead of time just how long your scan is expected to take.

You will be asked to remain perfectly still during the time the imaging takes place. The MRI Technologist will advise you accordingly.

When MRI procedure begins, you may breathe normally, however, for certain examinations it may be necessary for you to hold your breath for a short period of time.

During your MRI examination, the MR system operator will be able to speak to you, hear you, and observe you at all times. Consult the scanner operator if you have any questions or feel anything unusual.

After the scan, you have no restrictions and can go about your normal activities.

Once the entire MRI examination is completed, the pictures will be looked at by a radiologist, a specially-trained physician who is able to interpret the scans for your doctor. You will be advised after the examination when to collect your results. You should contact your doctor to go over your results and discuss your next step.

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