What is a MRI?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a test that uses powerful magnets, radio waves, and a computer to make detailed pictures inside your body.

Is it an open or closed MRI?

Baymeadows MRI chooses to utilize a 1.5 T High Field Short Bore MRI unit. The benefit of having your MRI study preformed in a high field MRI is the short scan time and the high-resolution images that help our radiologist identify pathology, if present.  This shorter scan time also helps prevent motion artifact from some patient’s inability to stay still during each sequence. Having a well maintained, high field MRI assures crisp, detailed and high-quality images.

How long will my MRI take?

Baymeadows MRI has upgraded our software, which has cut our scan time down. Brains and spines MRI take abut 16 minutes with our high field MRI. Joints and body imaging take about 25 minutes.

What should I wear?

Please limit wearing any jewelry or anything that has metal on it. We do however, give you access to a dressing room and locker for your personal items.

I have metal in my body, is that ok?

If you have any type of metal in your body, it is important to contact our office prior to your appointment for our staff to screen your specific case.

Does an MRI machine use radiation or anything that may be harmful to me?

Because radiation is not used, there is no risk of exposure to radiation during an MRI procedure. However, due to the use of the strong magnet, MRI cannot be performed on patients with certain implants. If you have anything implanted in your body, it is important to let your healthcare provider and diagnostic facility know.

Will I be alone in the room during my scan? Can someone be in the room while my scan is being performed?

Yes, we will allow 1 person in the room with you, however, they will have to complete proper screening to do so.

Will I get my results right away?

Your Doctor will usually receive the report within 24-hours.  Your doctor will go over your results with you. We will provide a CD of your images for your records upon completion of your study.

Baymeadows MRI…You have a choice!

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