Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

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A non-invasive medical imaging technique, MRI scans create detailed images of the body’s internal structures by using strong magnetic fields, radio waves, and computer technology. MRI scans can easily detect subtle changes in your body’s structures, ensuring the most accurate diagnosis and best treatment plan. MRI technologists use the MRI machine to diagnose neurological disorders, joint injuries, and abdominal or pelvic abnormalities. This MRI-guided procedure involves lying on a table that moves into the MRI machine, which may make knocking and thumping sounds during the MRI scan.

What type of MRI scans are offered at IMI?

Musculoskeletal MRI captures detailed pictures of joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones. Getting this MRI scan is particularly useful when assessing sport-related injuries, such as tears and strains in ligaments or muscles, bone fractures, overuse injuries, or bleeding within joints and tissues.

Breast MRI scans capture detailed images of the breast tissue. It’s often used as a supplement to mammography and ultrasound for purposes including breast cancer detection, assessing the extent of a known tumor, evaluating breast implants, and screening individuals at high risk for breast cancer.

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How to prepare for your MRI visit.

Before your MRI scan

  • Make sure all metal objects like jewelry, belts, etc. are removed.
  • Most people with permanent metal situated anywhere in the head or body are not eligible for MRI examination.
  • A contrast material may be injected or swallowed.

During your MRI scan

  • Lie still on the table with the area being investigated situated inside the MRI machine.
  • It’s normal to hear knocking and thumping sounds. To help reduce the noise from the scan, earplugs will be provided.
  • Be prepared to lie still for a while as a test can take from 30 minutes to 2 hours.
  • If you are prone to claustrophobia, make sure you tell your technologist.

ACR Accredited in MRI

IMI has been accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) for accuracy, safety and best practice standards in MRI.