Follow these instructions to ensure a smooth appointment.
Prepare for Your Appointment
Prior to your exam you may eat normally and continue to take any medication prescribed by your doctor, unless otherwise directed. The only exception is MRI of the Abdomen. You will be asked to remove all jewelry, glasses, hearing aids, hair pins, and other metallic objects. We provide you with your own locker for your belongings. You may also be asked to remove dentures and wigs. You may be asked to wear a cloth gown.
*FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE: Please dress appropriately. Consider wearing comfortable clothing that does not have any zippers, clasps, or metallic decoration.
Additionally, you should alert your physician or one of our staff if you are pregnant or if you have any of the following:
- Neurostimulator (TENS unit)
- Surgical Staples
- Shrapnel or Bullet wounds
- Aneurysm Clips
- Internal defibrillator
- Implanted drug infusion devise
- Permanent Eyeliner
- Any other metallic implants
What to Expect
Tristate Imaging offers state-of-the-art MRI services, performed by highly trained MRI technologists. For your convenience, appointments can be scheduled during extended early morning and evening hours, 6 days a week. We can accommodate potentially anxious patients, oversized patients and children on our high quality OPEN MRI unit.
Our MRI certified technologists will guide you effortlessly through the exam. You will be asked to change into a gown, remove your jewelry and wristwatch, and lie on the padded MRI table that slowly glides you through the MRI scanner. You will hear occasional thumping sounds. Do not be alarmed as these sounds are normal. You will be given ear plugs or headphones to insulate you from the noise of the MRI machine.
MRI technology is safe, and Tristate Imaging follows all stems to ensure patient comfort during the exam. While most MRI exams are non-invasive, your doctor may request that you receive an injection of a harmless contrast agent that provides a clearer picture of the area being examined.
Exams typically last less than one hour, depending on the images required by your physician, and you can help ensure the clarity of these pictures by remaining as still as possible while the magnet operates. Our technologists will remain in constant communication with you throughout the exam to make your experience entirely comfortable and pleasant.
Once your exam is complete and the images are produced, our center will contact your doctor with the results of your study. Only your physician can discuss your results with you.
How This Service Works
During your MRI, electromagnetic waves pass through the body, which sends tiny radio waves back to a computer recorder. Each cell in the body has its own radio frequency signal and the computer distinguishes between them, creating an image of the body, one section of anatomy at a time. You will not feel anything; however you will hear various patterns of knocking and banging sounds. This is the magnet working and it is completely normal. MRI studies are performed in a series with short breaks of time in between. During the MRI study, you will be closely monitored by a technologist through an observation window; the technologist will communicate with you using an intercom to ensure you comfortable and explain each step of the exam. You will not see very much. You may feel a slight vibration or warmth (some patients fall asleep during their MRI scan). All that is required of you is to be as still as possible during the exam. If at any point you become uncomfortable during the scan, you may alert the technologist.
MRI exams are quick and safe, and the images produced by MRI scans provide some of the most details pictures available of the human body.
Specifically, doctors find MRI images particularly helpful in evaluating and treating the following conditions:
- Brain Disorders
- Abdominal Disease
- Spine Disease
- Tumors (malignant and benign)
- Cardiac Malformations
- Blood flow and vessel disorders
- Musculoskeletal disorders
For additional details concerning the above procedures, please visit www.radiologyinfo.org