Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses radio wave energy and magnetic fields to visualize structures inside the body. An MRI can provide different information than other scans, like an x-ray, CT scan or ultrasound. The MRI machine is like a giant tube. You lay in the center on a flat table and the machine moves around you to take its images. The MRI machine does not touch your body or cause any discomfort.
The MRI machine has a giant magnet in it that will apply pressure to any metal objects. When you are prepped for an MRI, you need to remove any jewelry or other metal objects from your body. Also, inform your doctor if you have any metal implants, a pacemaker, artificial teeth or braces that could contain metal.
The preparation for an MRI is usually simple. Sometimes, a contrast solution is used to provide a better view of certain internal structures. You might be asked to drink a funny-colored liquid before the MRI and then wait while the liquid circulates throughout your body.
An MRI is an extremely useful diagnostic tool that allows doctors to see internal damage even before it causes any symptoms. Different parts of your body may be studied with an MRI based on what the doctor is looking for. The most common MRI studies include:
Gettysburg Cancer Center is the leading MRI clinic in Gettysburg and all of Central Pennsylvania. Our radiology team produces clear images for doctors to use in accurate diagnosis and tracking of internal damage and disease.