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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

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MRI scan

What is Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)?

example of a knee MRI image

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive medical imaging test that assists physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.

MRI uses a large electromagnet and radio waves to create detailed images of internal body structures such as ligaments, tendons, muscles, organs, and other soft tissues. The images can then be view by physicians electronically or copied to a CD. MRI does not use x-rays to create the images.

MRI images are very detailed and may provide information that cannot be seen with other imaging studies, such as CT, ultrasound, or x-rays.

We offer both traditional 1.5T MRIs in Fort Collins and 1.2T open MRI exams the Loveland/Johnstown area in northern Colorado.

Open MRI machine with tech standing in front of

Open MRI machine

What is an MRI exam like?

Most MRI studies generally take about 30 minutes but may take longer depending on your specific study and what images need to be taken. The quality of the images largely depends on your ability to hold still during the study. If there is movement during imaging those pictures may have to be retaken and the exam will take longer. If you have difficulty holding still your physician may need to order medication to assist you.

example of a brain MRI image

During an MRI the technologist will assist you onto the MRI table and may put a device called a “coil” around or near the body part being imaged. A coil collects the data from your body to create the images with.

For most studies you will be laying flat on the table during the length of the procedure. Our technologists will try to make you as comfortable as possible in the necessary position for the study. An MRI machine generates various loud clicking and tapping noises during the exam, and you will be given hearing protection because of this. Most studies allow you to listen to your choice of music from Pandora during the length of the exam.

We look forward to performing your next MRI study at The Imaging Center. Our technologists are highly trained provide a high level of customer service to all of our patients.

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