Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses magnets, radio waves (not radiation), and computers to create 2D or 3D images of the inside of your body. This technology shows details that computed tomography (CT) and other imaging tests cannot.
When you get this test at Wayne MRI, you’ll feel more at ease thanks to our friendly, caring staff of experts.
Why Do I Need an MRI Exam?
Your doctor may order MRI to see almost anything in your body, including:
- Arteries and veins
- Breast tissue
- Bones, joints, and muscles
MRI With Contrast
If your doctor orders an MRI with contrast, you’ll receive an injection of a special dye during the test. This material makes certain areas of the body—such as the spine, brain, or blood vessels—show up better on images.
Your doctor may ask you to avoid eating and drinking before the test. Follow the instructions for the most accurate results.
How Do I Prepare?
Do not wear jewelry, hairpins, or other metal accessories to your MRI appointment. Call us before your exam if you have an electronic medical or security device, such as:
- Insulin pump
- Pain medicine pump
- House arrest bracelet
You should also call us if you have questions about a medical implant, such as aneurysm clips, vascular stents, or artificial heart valves. We’ll ask you for the implant information to determine if you can safely receive an MRI.
Do not stop taking your medications. Continue to take all pain medication prescribed by your doctor, as it may help you during your scan.
What to Expect
Warm, welcoming staff will greet you when you arrive. For your safety, we’ll ask you to change into scrubs in a private room and leave your street clothes in a locker.
MRI exams are painless and usually take 30–60 minutes. You’ll lie on an exam table that gently glides into the MRI machine. The exam includes several rounds of scans. Lie very still to avoid blurry pictures.
To block the machine’s noise, you’ll receive earplugs or earbuds or choose to listen to our satellite radio. View our list of channels.
The MRI technologist will supervise your exam from a nearby room. Your technologist will be able to see and hear you throughout the test, and the two of you can communicate through an intercom.
If you’re concerned about claustrophobia, tell us when you schedule your appointment. We may:
- Reserve a wide-bore scanner with a large opening
- Advise you to ask your doctor for a prescription for anti-anxiety medication before the test
An experienced, board-certified radiologist will review your images and send the findings to your doctor. Your doctor will contact you to discuss the results.
If you’d like a copy of your results, ask for a CD with the images during your appointment.