MRI is Ideal for:
How does MRI work?
Utilizing a powerful magnet in conjunction with radio waves to cause tissues in the body to take on specific appearances, MRI allows the radiologist to isolate specific areas or systems for analysis and comparison to healthy tissue. MRI essentially takes slices like slicing a loaf of bread, in any direction, (top-bottom/ side-to side, or front to back).
How Our MRI Technology is different
The Imaging Center of Idaho offers the newest ultra short-bore, open design high field MRI. The Toshiba Vantage Atlas offers patented Pianissimo Technology which reduces acoustic noise by as much as 60 - 90% over other closed bore scanners. Noise associated with MRI is one of the most significant causes of patient discomfort.
What can I expect?
At the Imaging Center of Idaho, all of our exams are tailored to the
specific needs of the patient, their condition, and their referring
physician. A tailored MRI exam consists of several different imaging
sequences, each one having unique characteristics, and multiple pictures
that allow the radiologist to distinguish normal tissues from injured/abnormal/diseased
What Do I Have to Do?
During the MRI, patients are required to remain completely still during each imaging sequence, which may last 2 to 6 minutes or a total exam time of 30 to 60 minutes. This is a non-invasive procedure so patients can relax and often nap during these tests.
MRI is not for everyone
Patients who have the following may not be able to have a MRI test:
MRI Pre-procedure Checklist
There is no special preparation for most MRI’s exam. We encourage our patients to wear comfortable clothing such as a sweat-suit without metal snaps for zippers. The Imaging Center of Idaho offers hospital scrubs tops and bottoms to wear if needed.
For our patient’s safety, we ask patients to remove all hairpins, body piercings, watches, and most jewelry before entering the MRI scan room. It is best to leave your valuables at home. If you are going to have an MRI of the abdomen or pelvis do not eat or drink 3 hours prior to your exam.
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