Diagnostic Imaging Services at Carrollton Orthopaedic Clinic
What Is An MRI?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a medical imaging technique used in radiology to visualize detailed internal structures. Unlike x-ray and computed tomography (CT), MRI uses NO radiation. Instead, MRI uses a powerful magnet and radiowaves to produce high-quality, cross-sectional pictures of the part of the body being studied. Each picture represents a virtual slice through the part of the body being imaged.
What are MRI's used for?
MRI is used for a variety of diagnostic purposes. It is most often used to obtain information that hasn't been provided by other imaging techniques, including ultrasound, conventional x-ray, or CT. In general MRI is used to:
- Determine exactly what the problem is inside the body.
- Show exactly where the problem is.
- Rule out certain diseases.
At Carrollton Orthopaedic Clinic you can receive diagnostic imaging tests (including MRI) when you need them. Conveniently, there is no need to go anywhere else as the tests are conducted at the same facility as your physician practices.
When you arrive for your test, one of our trained MRI technologists will ask you a series of questions to ensure that you do not have any implants in your body that would prevent you from undergoing an MRI. The technologist will help you onto the scanner bed. This bed slides directly into the scanner. Once you are comfortably positioned in the scanner all you need to do is relax, and lie as still as possible. At any time during the scan, you will be able to talk to the technologist who will be able to hear and see you. The procedure will take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour, depending on the type of scan your doctor ordered. Immediately after the scan, you can resume all normal activities.
A Board Certified Radiologist will interpret your MRI. The Radiologist will report his findings to your Physician. Your doctor will then discuss your results with you at your next appointment.