DSP Health System offers state of the art OPEN AND CLOSED Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).

What is a MRI?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of organs and structures inside of the body. The pictures from an MRI scan can be read remotely and be stored and saved on a computer for further study.

MRI may be recommended by your physician to find problems such as bleeding in the brain, tumors, aneurysms, infections, and blood vessel diseases. MRI may provide more information about a problem seen on ultrasound, X-ray, or CT scan.

Sometimes Contrast is needed to assist in diagnosing certain pathologies. Contrast agents improve the visibility of internal body structures in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). In the imaging of MRI studies gadolinium-based compounds are most commonly used. Contrast will be injected intravenously either right before or during the procedure. The contrast material for MRI does not contain iodine. Tell your doctor or the technologist if you are allergic to the contrast material used for the MRI.

Some conditions may prevent you from having an MRI using contrast material such as: might or are pregnant, had recent surgery on a blood vessel, wearing any medicine patches, having an Intrauterine Device (IUD), coronary artery stent or pacemaker or lCD (implantable cardioverter-defibrillator) or metal heart valve, metal pins, clips, or metal parts in body, and cosmetic metal implants. This list is not exhaustive. Please inform the technologist or doctor of any medical conditions before doing an MRI study.

How should you prepare for an MRI study?

You should wear loose comfortable clothes with no zippers or metal. If this is not possible the technologist may ask you to change into a gown depending on the exam ordered. If you are allowed to be clothed then you should empty your pockets of cards or coins as the MRI magnet may delete the information on the cards. You will need to remove all metal objects  (such as hearing aids, jewelry, watches, hairpins, and dentures).

DSP Health System has an open MRI, which can be beneficial to patients who are claustrophobic, as the magnet does not enclose your entire body. DSP Health System will walk you through each MRI study and attempt to make you feel as comfortable as possible.