Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a technique that uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues within your body. The body can be viewed in three diemnsions or as "slices". MRI does not use X-rays and there are no known harmful effects from MRI imaging. An MRI machine looks like a CT Scanner but is a bit bigger and more intimidating. Guthrie offers both traditional MRI scanners and more open scanners to our patients. If you think you may be claustrophobic, ask your doctor to give you a mild sedative to bring with you. Often that will be enough to calm your nerves enough to have a successful study.
There are some restrictions about who can have an MRI. When you call to schedule to your study, we will ask you a series of questions to make sure that MRI is appropriate for you. Some myths about MRI are untrue. You can have an MRI if you have an artificial joint or other metal in some parts of your body. MRI does not hurt, even if you have tattoos though some body art and makeup can blur the images. Even patients with pacemakers and defibrillators can, under certain circumstances, have MRI scans. If you have questions or concerns, please ask us.
When do you get an MRI instead of a CT scan?
CT scanners and MRI scanners each image the body differently and provide different information to your doctors. Your doctor in collaboration with Guthrie Medical Imaging radiologists and technologists will decide which type of scan is most appropriate for your health care problem. For some problems and circumstances CT is best and for others, MRI. Sometimes you may need both. In each case, we tailor the study to the individual patient.
For more information:
- MRI Body
- MRI Chest
- MRI Head
- MRI Musculoskeletal
- MRI Prostate
- MRI Spine
- MRI Cholangiopancreatography (MRCP)
If you have questions or concerns about our services, call:
The Guthrie Medical Imaging Patient Satisfaction Hotline: 1-888-833-3319