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Frequently asked questions regarding MRI’s from IRG Diagnostic

How long is this going to take? Most MRI exams can be done in 45 minutes or less. Some exams may take longer.

Can I bring a friend or relative into the scan room for me? Yes, but friends and relatives will need to be screened to ensure their safety within the MRI environment. Also, depending on the exam, you may or may NOT be able to converse during the procedure.

Can I talk with anyone during the scan? Yes, but the technologist will explain when and when not to talk during the exam and the reasons why.

Why does this take so long? An MRI exam consists of several individual scans done on the patient. Each individual scan is typically 3 to 5 minutes long, with exams consisting of anywhere from 3 to 10 individual scans.

What kind of injection is given for a MRI? MRI exams can utilize an intra-venous contrast agent if requested by the referring doctor. MRI contrast is NOT the same as contrast used in other imaging procedures, such as CT and X-ray exams.

Can I breastfeed after an injection? Very small amounts of contrast can get into the breast milk. Typically, breast feeding mothers are either not given contrast if possible, or asked to pump and discard breast milk for a couple of days after the injection.

What is the difference between this and a CT? MRI and CT are completely different in how they “see” the body and its tissue’s. These advanced imaging systems have many significant differences, and thus their own unique strengths and weaknesses. Your doctor typically orders the imaging modality best suited to evaluate the area of concern.

How safe is an MRI exam? MRI is extremely safe! The magnetic fields and radio waves utilized during MRI are benign energies that do not cause harm to the body’s tissues. There are safety issues related to the MRI environment due to the strong magnetic field. The areas around an MRI machine are highly controlled, because the magnetic field is ALWAYS on. The staff and technologist working in MRI are highly trained to control the area and screen individuals for metal of all kinds, to ensure safety within magnetic field area.

Are MRI’s safe for pregnant women and children? Yes!

Is it OK to have an MRI if I have braces on my teeth? Yes, but depending on the exam, areas of the images may be distorted and not useful. The technologist will determine during the procedure if the exam will be diagnostic or not due to the presence of braces.

For more information, or to contact IRG Diagnostics, visit the website www.mritest.com, call the toll-free number (888) 474-8867 or the main office at (724) 942-5144.

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