What to expect
Prior to your visit
How should you prepare for your exam? First, you should wear comfortable clothing. Since an MRI is a giant magnet, you will be asked to remove anything made of or containing metal. Please refrain from wearing jewelry, these will need to be removed prior to the examination. You will be asked to fill out screening paperwork if you did not complete it online prior to the visit. If you have any implants such as pacemakers or other medical devices, please bring with you any documentation about your device to your visit. If you want to see if the cost of the study can be applied to your insurance deductible or reimbursed, you will need to contact your insurance company prior to your visit.
During your visit
Our technologist will accompany you to the MRI scanner and will be with you throughout your examination. Even though you may not see them, they see and hear you. You can communicate with the technologist at any point during the exam. You will be imaged in a Philips 1.5T MRI scanner. This is the gold standard for MRI imaging and will provide the best images. Please let us know if you suffer from claustrophobia. We strive to make your experience as comfortable as possible. You will lie on a table that slides in and out of the MRI scanner. The MRI makes a lot of loud noises. Do not be alarmed, that is the MRI working to obtain images. You will also be provided hearing protection for your examination. You will be asked to lie still during the examination to achieve the best images.
After your visit
After your Visit
The radiology report will be interpreted by a board certified radiologist specialized in bone and joint disorders. The report will be emailed to you within 24 hours. The report contains medical jargon and may be difficult to understand. This report should be shared with a medical doctor to discuss the findings and what the best treatment options are for your diagnosis. If you have any questions regarding some of the words in your radiology report, please refer back to this website to our Reports page. If further questions remain, they should be discussed with your medical doctor.