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A non-invasive system to diagnose several health conditions, the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), is a scanning technique that creates detailed images of the human body. The machine uses an intense magnetic field and radio waves to create images of parts of the body that can’t be seen well via X-Ray or CT Scan. The technology produces three-dimensional (3D) anatomical images. The device and technique allow for viewing inside the muscle, joints, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and internal organs. Risks involved with MRI usage pertains to metal implants due to the strong magnets. Patients with pacemakers, artificial joints, artificial heart valves, cochlear implants, or metal plates, screws or rods have a high risk of danger as the implant can move or heat up in the magnetic field.



MRI PREP

MRI without contrast

The patient cannot have a pacemaker or defibrillator. Please do not wear jewelry, with the exception of a wedding ring. Please wear clothing that is free of metal (e.g. zippers, snaps, etc.) No patient preparation is required.

MRI with contrast

The patient cannot have a pacemaker or defibrillator. Please do not wear jewelry, with the exception of a wedding ring. Please wear clothing that is free of metal (e.g. zippers, snaps, etc.) The patient must be well hydrated (water only). If patient is over 55, is diabetic, or has history of renal failure, labs must be obtained within 30 days of exam date. GFR level must be greater than 59.

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