MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a medical technique in which magnets and radiofrequency waves are used to image the parts of the body without the use of ionizing radiation.
It generates different anatomic planes for:
- The identification of pathologies of the soft tissues.
- The study of problems in the vertebral column and joints
- The evaluation of the urinary system, biliary tract and blood vessels..
MRI is ideal for the pediatric field due to the lack of ionizing radiation, which make it a safe and a non invasive study without any side effects.
At IDACA We have at our disposal one of the few open MRI s in the area. This system is recommended for small children, obese patients and people suffering from claustrophobia.
WHAT WILL THE PATIENT FEEL DURING THE MRI?
Our staff will place the patient on a comfortable stretcher that wil slide i nto the resonator and give you an eiderdown so you cannot feel the cold. While the test is going on, the patient will hear several non-continuous sounds that are part of the different sequences of the test.
To reduce the time of the MRI and obtain better images, it is necessary that the patient stays still during the test. there will be an intercom inside the machine that will allow communication between the patient and the technician. If needed, patients can be accompanied by a relative.
DOES THE PATIENT NEED ANY PREPARATION?
It will depend on the kind of MRI to be performed. The patient will have no preparation before if no supply of IV contrast agent is needed. For those patients who require an administration of IV contrast agents, they must be in a fasting period for 8 hours and bring a recent a lab exam with the results of the levels of urea and creatinine.
On the day of the test, all patients must bring a medical order signed by their physician, the previous studies if th ere were any, and comfortable clothes with no metal pieces, such as sweat pants . Items such as bracelets, watches, earrings, jewels and piercings are forbidden.
Following these suggestions will make the test easier and reduce the wait time.
IS THERE ANY RISK?
The RMI is a safe, non-invasive test with no side effects. Nevertheless, it cannot be performed on people with pacers, clips in the brain, metal pieces in the body, ocular implants, auricular prosthesis or any other foreign body. If the patient has any of these objects, they must tell the doctors about it for they own safety.
If the patient is pregnant or suspects she may be, she must inform the doctors and staff about it.
It is mandatory to bring the medical order on the day of the test.
The simple MRI is performed by order of arrival Monday to Fridays from 8:00am to 5:00pm, and Saturdays by appointment.
In case of RMI with contrast, the patient must schedule an appointment previously by calling the phone number: (305) 557-0330.
At IDACA, we have an open resonator that delivers high image quality results in relatively short wait times.