What’s an MRI?
MRIs or Magnetic Resonance Images let doctors see inside your body to identify a wide variety of possible medical conditions—all without exposure to X-rays. Instead, an MRI uses a powerful magnet, radio waves, and special coils to detect electrical signals from your body. A computer then processes this information to create detailed images our doctors can use to find out what’s wrong with you or a family member.
Why Is CareFirst Imaging The Right Choice for MRI?"
At CareFirst Imaging Center we ensure our doctors and staff have access to the best imaging equipment available and help deliver the best experience possible to our patients. More accurate scans mean less repeat exams for you. We provide you with a CD after your MRI which you can then take with you to your doctor. We can also provide transportation if you are unable to drive. Call our office to schedule at (833) 682-7818.
How do I schedule an MRI at CareFirst Imaging?
In most cases, your doctor can do that for you. However, CareFirst will be in touch with you to confirm your appointment. If you have questions about getting an MRI at CareFirst, be sure to contact us at (833) 682-7818.
What kind of technology do you use?
CareFirst Imaging Center offers vastly improved performance in three key areas: image quality, exam speed, and patient comfort. We offer both high-field MRI technology and the Fonar Upright Open and Weight-Bearing MRI.These technologies offer you some of the most accurate and reliable scan available in the market today.
Do MRIs hurt?
MR imaging is painless and much quicker than you might think. Today's MRI systems are much less confining than older MRI systems and a lot more comfortable for more patients. Since studies are done faster and more accuratly, you’ll be done sonner and it’s less likely your doctor will have to run any follow-up scans.
Is there any risk?
MRIs use no harmful radiation and there are no known health side effects. MRI studies are very low-risk procedures for most patients. However, an MRI isn’t for everyone. Be sure to inform your physician if you have a pacemaker, aneurysm clips in the brain, a shunt with telesensor, inner ear implants, metal fragments in one or both eyes, implanted spinal cord stimulators, or if you’re pregnant or breast feeding.
How do I prepare for my MRI exam?
For many MRI exams, no special preparation is needed. For some, you may need to fast for 4-12 hours prior to the exam. Others require you to swallow a fluid, or to have an injection, that helps show what’s going on inside your body. Guidelines vary with the specific exam and also with the facility. You will be asked to remove all metal (earrings, watches, bobby pins, etc.) and credit cards. You may be asked to wear a gown during the exam or wear loose-fitting clothing with no metal fasteners, zippers, or buttons.
Does the scanner make a lot of noise?
The magnet makes a slight rapping sound as images are being taken. In between scans the machine is quiet. Your MRI technologist will provide you with hearing protection, but you can still hear the technologist if he or she speaks to you during the exam.
Will I be alone?
You’ll be in contact with one of our technologists at all times. Even when he or she is not in the MRI room, you will be able to talk to him or her by intercom. In some cases a family member is welcome to stay in the room with you during your scan.
Will I have to hold still the whole time?
We’ll get the highest quality results if you hold still during the exam. The technologists will guide you and let you know when you can move between scans.
How long will the exam take?
With our advanced MRI technology, we can perform routine exams of the brain, spine, knee, ankle, and liver quickly and easily, some cases in less than 15 minutes – with superb image quality. More complex vascular, cardiac, and musculoskeletal studies can last from 20 to 40 minutes. You should allow extra time in case the exam lasts longer than expected.