MRI and other Imaging

MRI

An MRI or Magnetic Resonance Image is a type of imaging that uses radio waves coupled with a magnet. The procedure is painless and non-invasive, but requires you to remain very still while the machine takes photos. An MRI may be used to detect anything from blood vessel diseases to tumors. MRIs can often provide information that other imaging cannot. In addition, MRIs can sometimes give more detailed information than can be seen using other types of imaging. For instance, MRIs are often used to diagnose knee and shoulder issues, because they provide the best view of ligaments, tendons and muscles. Since the machine contains a powerful magnet you will be asked to remove any metal objects such as hearing aids and glasses. In most cases, it is perfectly fine to eat beforehand, but consult with your doctor. In the case that the focus-point is your abdomen, you may be advised to avoid eating before the procedure. During the procedure you may hear tapping or thumping as the machine works. An advantage of MRIs are that the results can be read right away. After an MRI, the technologist will be able to provide you with preliminary results. These results will likely be discussed with you in more detail with your doctor during a follow-up appointment.

X-Ray

X-rays are a method of imaging that use electromagnetic radiation. Like light, this radiation travels through things. These particles won’t travel through dense body parts such as bones, so they show up as white on an x-ray. X-rays can be used to diagnose arthritis, pinpoint tumors and even find blocked blood vessels. In some x-ray procedures, you may be given barium or iodine. These substances make it easier to see certain parts of your body during an x-ray. X-rays are painless and can usually be done rather quickly. You doctor will receive the results within a few days.