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Important Patient Information

DIMC managed centers use only state-of-the-art imaging equipment and are operated by highly experienced technologists and radiologists. The result is the highest quality images, which allow our radiologists to make accurate diagnoses so that you receive the most effective treatment.

We take extra care to keep you comfortable while obtaining the best possible images.  Below are some of the most frequently asked questions to help you understand and prepare for your MRI exam.

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WHAT IS MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING (MRI)?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic imaging technology that uses a strong magnet and radiofrequency waves to produce pictures or "images" of your internal organs and structures. Because MRI allows your doctor to see inside your body from any angle with great clarity, it is giving doctors a wealth of information more quickly and in many cases, more economically than past tests and exploratory surgeries.

IS MRI FOR EVERYONE?

Although MRI is an effective diagnostic tool, certain medical conditions will prevent individuals from having an MRI. Please inform your physician and our center personnel at the time of scheduling if you have either of the following:

  • Cardiac Pacemaker
  • Implantable Cardioverter Difibrillator (ICD)
  • Cochlear Ear Implant

Other certain medical conditions may prevent individuals from having an MRI. Please inform your physician and our center personnel at the time of scheduling if you have any of the following:

  • Metal fragments or prosthesis within the body
  • Pregnancy
  • Certain type aneurysm clips
  • Electrical or magnetic activated implants

It is very important that if you are pregnant or there is a possibility of pregnancy, or if you are breast feeding, that you inform your physician and the center personnel prior to your MRI.

If any of these conditions exist, your physician and/or the center radiologist will determine if you can be safely imaged or recommend an alternative diagnostic imaging procedure that can be safely performed for your condition.

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR AN MRI?

Please wear comfortable clothing while avoiding metallic objects such as a sweat suit without zippers, snaps, or metal buttons which can interfere with the magnetic field.  A patient coordinator will assist you with the preparation when you arrive.  If you have any questions please feel free to ask at anytime.

CAN I CHOOSE THE TYPE OF MRI SCANNER I AM COMFORTABLE WITH?

Yes. If you have had a MRI scan in the past and had difficulty due to claustrophobia, you are not alone. Claustrophobic reactions can range from a general unease in being in tight, enclosed areas to posttraumatic stress syndrome.  If you are a large frame individual and have had difficulty with a closed MRI scanner, the Stand-UpTM MRI may be a better choice for you.  This scanner has an unprecedented degree of patient comfort due to the unobstructed view when being scanned. You can even watch a movie during the procedure.  Simply ask your doctor to refer you to our nearest Stand-UpTM MRI center.

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