How much radiation will I receive?
None. MRI uses a combination of magnetic fields and radio waves to make images. No ionizing radiation is used.
How long will my exam take?
Most exams take about 30 minutes to complete. However, some tests may last as long as an hour. We will generally ask you to arrive 15 – 30 minutes before your study in order to complete our screening process.
When will I know the results?
Our radiologists will review your images and send a report to your health care provider usually within 24 hours of your study, often times much sooner. Please contact your health care provider for your results.
Can I get a copy of my study/results?
Yes. Simply ask your technologist at the time of the study or call our office to arrange for us to send you a copy. Please note that our radiologists will not routinely review your results with you. Your health care provider is the best person to ask about your results.
What do I have to do in the MRI machine?
Stay as still as possible and follow the technologist’s instructions. MR images take a long time for computers to process. Any patient movement during the scan can cause blurring which in turn could compromise the value of the test. This is the number one cause of non-diagnostic studies!
What if I’m claustrophobic?
Our magnets are designed to reduce patient anxiety. You will have a “call” bell with you in the magnet to alert the technologist to any potential problems you may have. If you need anti-anxiety medication before the study, please ask your health care provider for a prescription before your visit and allow adequate time after taking the medication for it to work before your appointment. If you take anti-anxiety medication, please have a driver accompany you.
Will my dental work/dentures pose a problem?
Most dental work, including braces, generally will not cause a significant problem for most studies. If you wear dentures, we will ask you to remove them before entering the MRI room.
What is an MR arthrogram?
This is a specialized MRI test designed to evaluate a joint. Before the MRI portion of the test, you will be scheduled to have contrast injected directly into the joint of interest (for example, the shoulder). The contrast injection portion of the study will be performed by one of our radiologists in the x-ray suite. The procedure will require the use of a local anesthetic and the insertion of a small, thin needle directly into the joint using x-ray guidance. The contrast will then be injected directly into the joint, and you will be escorted to the MRI room.
Do you have an “open” magnet?
Yes. We have an “open” magnet at our West Shore facility in Camp Hill.
I have problems lying down flat on my back. Will this pose a problem?
Possibly, depending on the type of study you need. In most cases, you will be asked to lie flat on your back. (If you are scheduled for a breast MRI, however, you will lie on your stomach.) Our technologists are expert in making our patients as comfortable as possible. However, if you anticipate that this may be a problem for you, please contact your health care provider beforehand to see if pain medication would be appropriate for you prior to your appointment. Please remember that patient movement during the scan can significantly compromise the quality of the images! Also, if you do require pain medication, please have a driver accompany you to your appointment.