MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, is a non-invasive procedure that uses powerful magnets and radio waves to construct pictures of the body. Unlike conventional X-rays and computed tomography, scans that use radiation, MRI imaging is based on the magnetic properties of atoms.

MRIMRI is ideal to help diagnose many types of injuries and conditions because of the ability to tailor the exam to the particular medical question being asked.

Because MRI uses radio waves, the scanner must be located within a specially shielded room to avoid outside interference. The patient is asked to lie on a narrow table, which slides into a large tunnel-like tube within the scanner.

The patient doesn't feel the magnetic field or radio waves. The only possible discomfort is the claustrophobic feeling that some people experience from being inside the scanner. Because of the powerful magnetic field, patients with implanted pacemakers and other devices should not have an MRI.

Why should I have my imaging exam done at an accredited facility?

When you see the gold seals of accreditation prominently displayed in our imaging facility, you can be sure that you are in a facility that meets standards for imaging quality and safety.

To achieve the ACR Gold Standard of Accreditation, our facility's personnel qualifications, equipment requirements, quality assurance, and quality control procedures have gone through a rigorous review process and have met specific qualifications. It's important for patients to know that every aspect of the ACR accreditation process is overseen by board-certified, expert radiologists and medical physicists in advanced diagnostic imaging.

MRI accreditation seal

Breast MRI seal

What does ACR accreditation mean?

  • We have voluntarily gone through a review to ensure that we meet nationally-accepted standards of care.
  • Our personnel are well qualified, through education and certification, to perform medical imaging, interpret your images, and administer your radiation therapy treatments.
  • Our equipment is appropriate for the test or treatment you will receive, and our facility meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety guidelines.

For more information on MRI safety, visit www.radiologyinfo.org.

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