What is MRI?Is it normal for the MRI scanner to make knocking and chirping sounds?How long does it take?How do I prepare for my MRI or MRA?How soon will my physicians get the resultsWhy is a contrast agent sometimes used?

What is MRI?

MRI, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, is one of today’s most sophisticated imaging techniques. MRI is a painless, non invasive way for physicians to “look inside” the human body to further diagnosis a patient’s condition without using ionizing radiation or radioactive materials. It uses a combination of magnetic fields, radio waves and computers to provide detailed images of organs and structures within the body.

MRA, Magnetic Resonance Angiogram, is a specialized MR that produces detailed two and three dimensional images to further study blood vessels and blood flow.

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Is it normal for the MRI scanner to make knocking and chirping sounds?

Yes, the scanner does make a variety of sounds, depending on the type of scan that is requested.  The sounds indicate that the scanner is functioning properly and going to provide the best diagnostic study for your doctor.

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How long does it take?

A typical procedure averages 25 minutes or longer depending on the type of information requested by your physician.

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How do I prepare for my MRI or MRA?

In most cases, MRIs and MRAs do not require any preparation. Continue with your regular routine and take your regularly prescribed medication.

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How soon will my physicians get the results?

Open MRI of Southington understands the importance for your physician to receive your MRI report in a timely manner. Reports are usually faxed to your physician’s office within 24 hours after your scan has been completed. Your doctor will discuss the findings of your MRI with you. Please give your physician enough time to review your MRI report and correlate it with other studies that may have been performed

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Why is a contrast agent sometimes used?

In some cases, your doctor may order a contrast to be administered during your MRI. The contrast is called gadolinium and is administered intravenously. It provides your physician with another view. You do not need to take any extra precautions. If you have any questions, please ask your doctor or technologist.

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