What is a MRI?
Magnetic resonance imaging or MRI uses a magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to generate cross-sectional images of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures. The MRI can then be examined on a computer monitor or a CD of images can be made.
MRI does not use radiation. At MRNJ Radiology we recognize that having an MRI can be an anxiety provoking situation; therefore, we offer both open and closed MRI for your convenience. Because your comfort is important to us, we provide music headsets as well as blankets to make your experience more comfortable. Our knowledgeable, professional team will put you at ease and answer all of your questions before the exam.
What Contradictions Do I Need to be Aware of?
If you are pregnant, have had an aneurysm clip, have had ear or eye prosthesis or have a pacemaker, you may not be a candidate for an MRI. Because some tests require an injection of intravenous (IV) contrast, please inform your doctor if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, or have (had) renal insufficiency or acute vascular disease. You may or may not be able to receive contrast.
How Do I Prepare for the Test?
Most generally, there is no prior preparation required before the exam. Some tests require an injection of IV contrast. For exams requiring contrast, a current creatinine test (within 45 days) may be required. The creatinine test is a blood draw which evaluates your kidney function and will normally be performed at your physician’s office or lab prior to the exam. If fasting is necessary, your doctor will provide these instructions. You will need to remove all jewelry, hairclips, and bobby pins. In addition, you will need to remove all clothing containing metal including bras with metal enclosures and jeans with metal zippers and buttons. You will be provided a gown and a secure locker in which valuables can be placed.Type your paragraph here.