MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

An MRI (or magnetic resonance imaging) scan is a radiology technique that produces images of body tissues and organs. The image and resolution produced is highly detailed and can detect tiny changes of structures within the body.

Q&A with Radiology Technician Trent Hodgkins

What is an MRI and how does it work?
MRI uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues within the body, it does not require use of radiation.

How long does it generally take?
Usually the scan lasts about 20 to 30 minutes.

Why is it better to get your MRI done in a hospital versus a clinic?
At HAMH preventative maintenance occurs monthly. This way calibrations and adjustments can be made before any problems appear.

Who reads the images done here at HAMH?
Radiologists from Diagnostic Radiology Associates.

 How does one prepare for a MRI?
Plan to wear clothing that does not have any metal (i.e. zippers and buttons) and try to be relaxed.

When a patient comes to see you, what information should they bring?
Patients may need to answer questions about why they are receiving an MRI, if they have an injury, for example. They should also try to bring with them any previous scans.

What are three questions patients should consider asking during their visit?
1. Do you need my previous exams?
2. Should I take a copy of my MRI with me for a follow up appointment?
3. Who will give me my results and when?

What happens after my appointment?
Your doctor will receive the report and follow up with you, generally within a few days.

What is the largest misconception you think patients have about receiving a MRI?
The biggest misconception people have is that everyone is claustrophobic. Our machine is larger and shorter than most people expect. Many people fall asleep during scanning.

If folks wanted additional information about receiving an MRI, what are some available resources?
Patients can always call us directly if they have any concerns. We have had patients stop by and look at the machine beforehand, so they know what to expect when they come to receive a scan.

For more information a contact our Radiology Department at 715-934-4237.

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