Patients

Good news for MRI patients!  MRI Centers of MI now offers 1.5T MRI, the exciting, revolutionary technology that offers increased comfort for patients of all shapes and sizes.

 

Due to the system’s 70 centimeter wide open bore and 550-pound table-weight capacity, the Espree enables us to scan and diagnose larger patients without difficulty. 

 

With this new technology, patients no longer have to choose between comfort or clear images.  This revolutionary technology combines comfort with the strength of TIM (Total imaging matrix) technology, allowing for extraordinarily sharper images with exceptional details.

 

Additionally, the Verio allows flexible coil combinations making patient and coil repositioning virtually unnecessary.  You can now be positioned just once for multiple studies, which is a tremendous benefit for patients who have difficulty with mobility.

 

The Espree 1.5T Wide Open MRI allows us to offer patients more comfort without sacrificing image quality.

 

We set our standard to excellence.

Frequently asked questions

What is MRI?



MRI is short for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. (If your doctor has sent you for an MRA [Magnetic Resonance Angiography], this is also a kind of MRI looking specifically at blood vessels.) MRI is an advanced technology that lets your doctor see internal organs, blood vessels, muscles, joints, tumors, areas of infection, and more – with unexcelled clarity without the use of x-rays, surgery, or pain. MRI is very safe; in fact, it makes use of natural forces and has no known harmful effects. It's important to know that MRI will not expose you to any harmful radiation.




How does the MRI machine work?



The MRI machine creates a magnetic field, sends radio waves through your body, and then measures the response with a computer. This creates an image or picture of the inside of your body that is much clearer than can be obtained with most other methods.




Why an MRI?


MRI can provide very early detection of many conditions, so treatment can be more effective, accurate and rapid. The excellent quality of MRI images can also provide the best possible information if surgery is required. If there is an abnormality, MRI can show exactly where it is, its size and what tissues are involved.




How should I get ready for the exam?



In most cases, you can just stick with your normal, everyday routine - no special preparation is needed. You can eat and drink your usual diet, work, or play sports (unless you have an injury!) - and take any prescription medications you need. However, there may be some circumstances in which you'll be given specific instructions to follow before the exam. These will be given to you by your doctor, or by the MRI booking clerk at the time the MRI is arranged.




Are there any restrictions with the exam?



Yes. Because the MRI machine uses a strong magnetic field, which will move objects made with iron or steel, let your doctor know if you have: -A pacemaker -Aneurysm clips -Cochlear implants -A neuro-stimulator (Tens-unit) -Metal implants -Steel surgical staples or clips -An implanted drug infusion device -Any implant made partially or wholly of iron or steel Also, if you're pregnant, let the doctor know. 
 Even metal objects not made of iron or steel can interfere with the exam – so don't bring any of the following into the examination room (a secure place to store your valuables will be provided): -Coins -Jewelry -Watches -Keys -Dentures or partial plates -Hearing aids Magnetic waves can also erase the code on bank cards and credit cards, so don't bring your credit or bank cards into the MRI examination room. They should be stored in the locked change room we provide to you. 

 Last of all, you will be asked to change into scrubs that we will provide for your comfort and convenience during the examination.




What's the exam actually like?



There are many varieties of MRI exams. Depending upon the area being scanned, the set up of the room, and your position may be different. To begin the exam, you will lie down on the scan table. When the machine starts to work, you'll hear some loud knocking sounds. These sounds occur whenever the MRI pictures are being taken. Think of them as the clicks a VERY large camera would make when taking pictures! You will be provided with earplugs or headphones to help block out the knocking sounds. In any case, although it's noisy, an MRI exam is completely painless. The only thing you must do is HOLD STILL. When you take a picture with a camera, your subject must keep still or the picture will come out blurry. It's the same with an MRI machine. If you move, the scans will be out of focus - and you may have to repeat the exam. 

 If necessary, you may be injected with a solution called a contrast agent or “dye”. This allows the radiologist to see the image more clearly. MRI contrast agents typically have few or no side effects, and the injection likely will just feel like a slight pinch. You may be asked to give your consent to this injection, at which time a more detailed explanation about the contrast agent will be given to you by our MRI technologist.




How long does the scan take?



The exam can last from 30 minutes to about an hour.




What happens if I can’t lay still or want to get off the table?


You will be able to communicate with the technologist with a call-bell and over an intercom throughout the exam. It is very important that you hold still during the entire time a set of pictures is being taken so the images turn out clearly. We take every measure to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the exam. Very occasionally, patients may feel claustrophobic in the MRI scanner. Some of these people may require a light sedative during the examination which we will give to you in the form of a small tablet taken by mouth. In this case, you will not be able to operate your motor vehicle after the exam and will require a ride home.





  • Jewelry

  • Hairpins​

  • Glasses

  • Watches

  • Wigs

  • Dentures

  • Hearing Aids

  • Underwire Bras

Preparations
There are no special preparations necessary for the MRI examination and there are no food or drink restrictions unless specifically requested by your physician. Continue to take any medication prescribed by your doctor unless otherwise directed. We are happy to answer all questions, don’t hesitate to ask during the scheduling of your appointment. You will be asked to remove:

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