MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
Magnetic resonance imaging is a technique that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues within your body. Most MRI machines are large, tube-shaped magnets. When you lie inside the machine, the magnetic field temporarily realigns hydrogen atoms in your body. Radio waves cause these aligned atoms to produce very faint signals, which are used to create cross-sectional images — like slices in a loaf of bread. The machine can also be used to produce 3-D images that may be viewed from many different angles. MRI is a noninvasive way for your doctor to examine your organs, tissues and skeletal system. It produces high-resolution images of the inside of the body that help diagnose a variety of problems.
Since 1968, we have been leading the way providing patient-centered radiology excellence without the hospital price tag. Imaging services are YOUR choice. At Lundberg Medical Imaging, you can expect ONE exam, ONE bill and excellent service.
What To Expect If Your Doctor Orders AN MRI
When you arrive at Lundberg Medical Imaging you will be given a screening form to complete so that we may ensure your safety before entering the exam room. This form will then be reviewed by an MRI technologist. If you wear clothing free from metal you may not have to change into a gown. Although we provide a locker to keep your valuables safe while being scanned, we do encourage you not to wear a watch or jewelry.
Before your test begins, we encourage you to ask questions and express any concerns. Our focus is to make sure each patient is completely comfortable and at ease.
As claustrophobia is sometimes an issue with patients, rest assured we will do whatever we can to help you ease into the exam since motion caused by anxiety can affect the quality of your images.
Lundberg Medical Imaging utilizes a 1.5T High-Field MRI scanner. Contrary to older MRI units, the MRI scanner at LMI features an ultra-short tunnel and wide bore opening to enhance patient comfort during the exam.
If you have previously been unable to complete an MRI due to claustrophobia, don’t hesitate to ask your physician for medication that will help you relax. Depending on the medication prescribed, you may need to bring someone to drive you home.