If you’re not really familiar with the term in that format, you may notice that MRI rings a bell. You may have heard of the term, or if you work in the medical field, then it may be a daily-used term. However, what do we really know about what to expect and how the image is produced? Not much!
What is an MRI?
It’s a scanning technique for creating detailed images of the human body. An MRI is another technique to generate images that cannot be seen with X-rays, CT scans, ultrasound, or other imaging tests.
The ability of an MRI reaches far enough to examine internal body structures and assists with diagnosing a variety of disorders. Magnetic resonance imaging also measures brain function, and can identify if a tumor, aneurysm, or other nerve issues are prevalent.
What You Should Expect
If you haven’t already, take a look at our MRI preparation page to see a step-by-step guide on how to plan for the procedure.
When you arrive, you’ll have to lie flat on a mobile table that’ll move you into the machine until the specified portion of the body for imaging is centered. The machine will provide a strong magnetic field and radio waves around the person. You may or may not be given a contrast solution to highlight specific areas that may not show up otherwise.
What Happens When Producing the Image
The water molecules contain hydrogen protons that become aligned in a magnetic field. The MRI scanner produces a radio frequency, and the protons absorb the energy. When everything is turned off, the protons will return to their previous state. The radio signal that is recorded from this process is what captures the image.
Hudson River Radiology
We strive to provide excellent out-patient imaging services using today’s most innovative technology, but our attention to customer satisfaction that put us above the rest. Our board-certified radiologists are always on-site and ready to provide consultations.
Be sure to look at our MRI preparation page to ensure that you’re ready for imaging. If you have any questions regarding your exam, please give us a call at (201) 876-1111.