WHAT IS A MRI?
An MRI is an imaging machine that uses a large magnet, a computer, and radio waves to look inside the body and to evaluate various body parts. MRI is painless it requires minimal preparation, and it can lead to early detection and treatment of many health problems.
WHY DO I NEED AN MRI?
There are many reasons why your physician may order an MRI. Indications may include: Back pain, recent joint or spine injury.
WILL MY INSURANCE PAY FOR AN MRI?
Most insurance companies require pre-authorization for an MRI exam. For your convenience that authorization will be done for you by our office in advance. For specific information about insurance coverage or for payment questions, please contact your insurance company directly.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE PROCEDURE
During the MRI exam, you will be lying on a firm table. The technologist will position you on the table and then move the table to the center of the MRI machine. The inside of the machine is like a giant tunnel that is well lit and open on each end. The MRI makes a loud knocking noise while we take the image. For your comfort, you will be given ear plugs or ear phones to listen to music during the exam. The test takes approximately one hour. When the test is finished, you are free to go. The Radiologist will interpret the pictures and send a report to your physician.
Because we use a strong magnet in the MRI, patients who have pacemakers cannot have an MRI exam. You will be asked to complete an MRI Patient Screening form prior to your exam. Additional information or testing may be needed prior to your MRI exam to ensure that it is safe for you to have this test if such tests are necessary, you will be notified prior to the MRI exam.