MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is available Thursday by appointment only.
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a powerful and versatile diagnostic modality that is widely utilized in the medical field. MRI is a minimally invasive and does not employ ionizing radiation. MRI works with the hydrogen atoms within the body to demonstrate anatomy and pathology and can be acquired in multi-planar acquisitions to, in theory, present the body in three-dimensional detail.
MRI utilizes a very large magnet (and computers) to collect and present information that can be used to diagnose many different conditions and/or diseases. “Manipulation of the parameters” allow for a variety of ways to view the contrast of structures that can aid in diagnosis.
MRI continues to advance in diagnostic ability with the continued introduction of advanced techniques. Faster scan times have enabled MRI to perform imaging of the structures of the abdomen, chest, heart, and blood vessels- in addition to some of the more common neurological and musculoskeletal applications.

Patient instructions

Arrival time: Patients should arrive 5-10 minutes prior to their scheduled exam time to allow for registration and completion of signing insurance and treatment forms.
Clothing: Metal free clothing is requested, sweat clothes work the best if they have no metallic components or decorations. Patients may be asked to remove hearing aids and dentures.
Piercings: All body piercings must be removed before entry into the magnet room for all exams. This must be done for all exams to reduce the possibility of burning while in the magnet.
Valuables: Patients should leave all valuables with a family member, or locked in their vehicles whenever possible. If something must be brought to the scanner, a lock box or cabinet is provided and the key is left in the control room until the patient is finished.
Prep: There is generally no prep for MRI exams. The exception to this will be abdominal exams. These patients should be NPO (not eat or drink anything) for 4 hours before the scan.

MRI Procedure

Patients having an MRI can be quite apprehensive for a number of different reasons. Patient education and understanding can help insure a positive experience.
MRI patients are required to complete and sign an approved MRI patient screening form before entry into the magnet room or the scanner. This screening addresses the many safety issues that are associated with MRI.
MRI scans require patients to hold still for long periods of time - 20-40 minutes. Patient comfort is very important. Patients are made as comfortable as possible when they are positioned on the table, this includes a knee cushion if possible (depending on the area to be scanned), a pillow, blankets, earplugs and a patient alert button that will summon the scanning personnel at all times. There is also verbal communication via an intercom system when the scanner is not scanning.
Patients enter the scanner head first for most exams of anatomy above the waist and feet first for most exams for anatomy below the waist.
Upon completion of the MRI exam, patients will be released from the scanner and escorted back into the hospital. There are no known long term effects from MRI or MRI contrast so patients can return to their normal daily routine upon release.
ALL EXAMS REQUIRE A WRITTEN ORDER FROM A PHYSICIAN. WE WILL ACCEPT ORDERS FROM PHYSICIANS IN GOOD STANDING AND LICENSED TO PRACTICE MEDICINE IN THE STATES OF KANSAS AND OKLAHOMA.