THE MRI CENTER

THE MRI CENTER

What is a MRI?
 
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a special diagnostic test that produces very clear, detailed pictures of internal organs and structures in your body. 
  • The test uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to create images in cross-section.
While an X-ray is very good at showing bones, an MRI lets your health care provider see structures made of soft tissue such as ligaments and cartilage and organs such as your eyes, brain, and heart.

When is a MRI used?

• to diagnose problems in the brain and spinal cord, 
• to see the size and location of tumors, 
• to examine joints and soft tissues, and
• to diagnose diseases and disorders of the eyes and ears. 

Injuries show up well on an MRI. For example, an MRI may show whether you have torn ligaments or torn cartilage in your knee and help your health care provider decide whether you need surgery. It is also useful for injuries involving the shoulder, back or neck.
What happens during a MRI procedure?

• You will lie comfortably on your back on a table that is moved inside a large magnet. 
• A piece of equipment called a "coil," which sends and receives the radio frequency waves used in this technology, will be placed around the area being examined. 
• During the scan, as with all MRI exams, you will hear various noises, ranging from a buzzing to a loud knocking. 
• You will be given earplugs to diminish the noise.

Because an MRI exam takes images or "slices" from various angles, several sequences or sets of images will be taken. 

• Each sequence will last from one to 10 minutes, and the technologist will inform you before the scanning noise begins. 
• The total exam time for a scan can range from 15 to 60 minutes. 
• You must lie very still during each sequence, in order to produce clear, diagnostic images.
Depending on your symptoms or prior medical history you may be given an intravenous contrast medium for your scan. The technologist will explain this procedure to you if necessary.

What are the benefits and risks of MRI?

An MRI is able to visualize internal organs that are difficult or impossible to see with other diagnostic exams. You don’t even feel the Magnetic Field or the radio waves.     There is no radiation, the exam is painless, and there are no harmful side effects. 

Make sure you are prepared.

  • Since you will be positioned within a large, very strong magnet, you must remove all loose metal objects. Doing so is important for your safety as well as that of our staff, and for proper functioning of the equipment. 

  • You may be asked to change into a gown unless you are wearing clothing that is metal-free. 

  • You will also be asked to complete a detailed screening sheet, on which you will be asked whether or not you have any metal or other devices implanted in your body that may interfere with the scan or cause injury to you. If you have any concerns or questions about that aspect of the procedure, please ask the technologist before you enter the room. 

  • Some types of scans require fasting beforehand. You will be instructed if fasting is necessary for your procedure. 

  • Patients not receiving sedation should arrive 30 minutes prior to your exam time in order to register. If your procedure has been scheduled with sedation or anesthesia, please arrive 1 hour prior to exam for sedation to be administered at the hospital or radiology office. Do not take prescribed sedation medications until after paperwork has been filled out and you are instructed to do so by the technologist.

 If you have any questions about your medications, please call the center where you are being scanned and ask to speak with a technologist. All patients receiving sedation must have someone with them to drive them home after the procedure. 

Further questions? We are happy to talk with you by at any time before your appointment 478.746.1020.

Please let us know if you have any of the following:

  • Cardiac Pacemaker
  • Artificial heart valve prosthesis
  • Eye Implants or metal ear implants
  • Any metal implants activated electronically, magnetically, or mechanically
  • Aneurysm clips
  • Copper 7 IUD
  • Penile implant
  • Shrapnel or non-removed bullet
  • Pregnancy
  • Claustrophobia
  • Any metal puncture(s) or fragment(s) in the eye

What you should bring:

  •     Prescription or referral from your physician.
  •     List of medications you take, including non-prescription medications and supplements.
  •     Insurance cards and picture id
  •     Any previous, relevant imaging exams and reports performed outside of our network.
  •     Medical history, including whether you may be pregnant or breastfeeding currently.
  •     Pathology reports.


NOTE: ALL TESTS HAVE SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS.

770 Pine Street 
Suite L 15
Macon, GA 31201

P: 478 746 1020
F: 478 746 0591 

Hours: M- F : 7a – 11p
Sat: 7a-7p
Every other Sunday: 7a – 5p

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