Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI or MR) is among the safest and most comfortable medical imaging procedures available.
With the ability to tailor the exam to a particular medical question and the unparalleled view it provides inside the body, MRI is the imaging option of choice for the diagnosis of many types of injuries and conditions.
MRI can image virtually any part of the body, including the brain, spine, internal organs, muscle groups, tendons and ligaments, bones, central nervous system, and flowing blood in virtually any part of the body to distinguish possible areas of concern.
Utilizing a powerful magnet in conjunction with radio waves to cause tissues in the body to take on specific appearances, MRI allows the radiologist to isolate specific areas or systems for analysis and comparison to healthy tissue. MRI essentially takes slices like slicing a loaf of bread, in any direction, (top-bottom/ side-to side, or front to back).
The Imaging Center of Idaho offers the newest ultra short-bore, open design high field MRI. The Toshiba Vantage Atlas offers patented Pianissimo Technology which reduces acoustic noise by as much as 60 - 90% over other closed bore scanners. Noise associated with MRI is one of the most significant causes of patient discomfort.
At the Imaging Center of Idaho, all of our exams are tailored to the specific needs of the patient, their condition, and their referring physician. A tailored MRI exam consists of several different imaging sequences, each one having unique characteristics, and multiple pictures that allow the radiologist to distinguish normal tissues from injured/abnormal/diseased tissue.
During the MRI, patients are required to remain completely still during each imaging sequence, which may last 2 to 6 minutes or a total exam time of 30 to 60 minutes. This is a non-invasive procedure so patients can relax and often nap during these tests.
The Imaging Center of Idaho is designed with patient comfort in mind. Our MR suite is large and spacious with large southwest facing windows for comforting natural lighting, where patients may relax and listen to their favorite CD or Sirius Satellite radio station while undergoing their exams. Our accredited, highly trained technologists will make every effort to make even the most anxious patient comfortable.
Patients who have the following may not be able to have a MRI test:
There is no special preparation for most MRI's exam. We encourage our patients to wear comfortable clothing such as a sweat-suit without metal snaps for zippers. The Imaging Center of Idaho offers hospital scrubs tops and bottoms to wear if needed.
For our patient's safety, we ask patients to remove all hairpins, body piercings, watches, and most jewelry before entering the MRI scan room. It is best to leave your valuables at home. If you are going to have an MRI of the abdomen or pelvis do not eat or drink 3 hours prior to your exam.