Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a strong magnetic field and radio frequency waves to provide clear and detailed diagnostic images of internal body organs and tissues, such as the brain, spine, and joints.
During the MRI, you will be placed on a movable table and once the Sonos Imaging technologist has properly positioned you, the table will move into the MRI scanner. During the scan, there will be a repetitive drumming noise. At Sonos Imaging, we want our patients to be relaxed, therefore we can provide earplugs to help block the noise or have the option to listen to music.
Sonos Imaging utilizes the Optima MR450w Wide Bore MR System made by GE, which represents the state of the art advances in MR technology, including the most recent sophisticated diagnostic software upgrades. This system delivers accommodations for the needs of the patient, specifically those who may suffer claustrophobia by offering a 70cm wide bore which allows scanning for large patients and increases the comfort for all patients. In addition, soft flexible orthopedic coils conform to the patient to increase comfort. Due to the drumming noise, the Optima MR450w offers acoustic noise reduction. If there is concern for claustrophobia, please inform your physician ahead of time and a sedative may be administered prior to the MRI in order to help you relax.
A typical exam will last between 15 to 30 minutes and more than likely does not require special preparation. More detailed studies/exams could take longer. Depending on the part of the body that is being examined, a contrast material may be used to enhance the visibility of certain tissues or blood vessels.
Sonos Imaging wants to meet all needs when it comes to MRI testing, that’s why MRI’s with arthrograms are also available upon request of your referring physician. An arthrogram is a test using the MRI to obtain a series of pictures of a joint after a contrast material has been injected into the joint.
Because of the strong magnetic force used within the machine, surgically placed implants or objects could be impacted. Please let the Sonos Imaging staff know prior to your scan if you have any of the following:
- Implanted Port
- Infusion Catheter
- Vascular Stent
- Aneurysm Clip
- Other Metallic Implant
- Heart Stent
- Shrapnel or non-removed bullet
- Metal in Eye
Tell the Sonos Imaging staff and your physician if you are pregnant or suspect you may be pregnant. Your doctor may postpone the exam or choose an alternative exam.
At Sonos Imaging, the medical technologists trained specifically to use this MRI machine can offer the most precise image quality and clinical performance without compromising the patient’s comfort. Experience the luxury of advanced technology and comfort during your next MR exam with Sonos Imaging.