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Mri Scan

MRI / MRA & MRCP

MRI is a painless and harmless way of looking inside your body without using radiation. MRI uses magnetic fields and radio waves to scan your body. The radio signals return information that conventional x-rays are unable to provide; each type of tissue sends out a different signal that create a clear, detailed “picture” of the area examined.

How do I prepare for this exam?

• For all Magnetic Resonances scans:
The patient should refrain from wearing clothing with metallic ornaments such as hair clips, zippers and buttons.
The patient must continue with their regular medication regimen, if any.

• For all Magnetic Resonances scans with contrast:
Patients should fax or bring blood work results for Bun and Creatine (your physicians should give you the prescription for the blood work).

• For MRCP:
Patients should not drink or eat anything six hours before the test.

What should I expect during the exam?

• For all CT and CTA scans:
The patient should refrain from wearing clothing with metallic jewelry or ornaments such as hair clips, under wire bras, zippers and buttons.
The patient must continue with their regular medication regimen, if any.

• For all CT scans with contrast (including CTA):
Patients should not drink or eat 3 hours before the test.
Patients should fax or bring blood work results for Bun and Creatine (your physicians should give you the prescription for the blood work).

• For all CT scans without contrast (excluding abdomen or pelvis CT):
No preparation is required.

• For Abdomen or Pelvis CT scans:
Patients need to drink oral contrast the night before the test, or at least six hours prior to the test. Do not eat or drink anything after oral contrast is taken. The patient can pass by our office to pick up the oral contrast solution.

What should I expect during the exam?

Magnetic Resonance procedures do not expose patients to radiation. The images are produced by a computer that detects changing magnetic fields and translates them into pictures of slices of the scanned body part. During a Magnetic Resonance the patient will lie on the examination table and will have to remain still for the length of the procedure which varies depending on which body part is being scanned and if contrast is administered.

What should I expect after the exam?

All of our diagnostic examinations are interpreted by Board-Certified Radiologists. The results of your Magnetic Resonance will be sent to your referring physician as soon as they are interpreted. It is the patients´ responsibility to contact their referring physician to discuss the results of their examination and ask for further recommendations.