Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Are you or a loved one facing a medical condition that requires advanced diagnostic imaging? Magnetic Resonance Imaging (commonly known as MRI) is a powerful medical tool that can provide detailed images of the body’s internal structures without the use of ionizing radiation.

At Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine, we are committed to ensuring you receive the best possible care. We understand that MRI scans are a crucial part of your diagnostic journey.

We are proud to have one of the only two MRIs in Licking County, OH. Contact our offices in Coshocton or Granville, Ohio today to book your visit.

MRI machine in Granville, Ohio.

What is an MRI Scan?

An MRI scan is a non-invasive medical imaging procedure that utilizes a powerful magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the body’s internal structures. These images can reveal soft tissues, such as the brain, spinal cord, blood vessels, and organs, in remarkable detail. Unlike X-ray imaging, which uses ionizing radiation, MRI scans are safe and do not expose patients to harmful radiation.

How Does an MRI Machine Work?

MRI machines work based on the principles of magnetic resonance. When you enter the MRI scanner, the machine creates a strong magnetic field around your body. At the same time, the machine sends radio waves out toward your body.

These radio waves gently move the nuclei of your atoms out of their natural position. As the nuclei return to their natural position, they send out radio signals. The MRI scanner detects these and uses them to create highly detailed images of your body’s internal structures.

When is an MRI Exam Used?

An MRI exam can diagnose and monitor a wide range of medical conditions. It is frequently employed to examine the brain and spinal cord, detect abnormalities in soft tissues, assess blood flow, and visualize blood vessels. In some cases, a contrast dye may be used to enhance the visibility of specific structures.

In orthopedics, an MRI is a helpful tool for checking bones, joints, and soft body parts like cartilage, muscles, and tendons. It helps spot injuries, unusual structures, and various conditions like tumors, birth defects, bone issues, spinal disc problems, and more. MRIs can also show how well orthopedic treatments are working.

What to Consider Before Getting an MRI Scan

Before you choose MRI scanning, there are a few key considerations to keep in mind. It’s essential to inform your healthcare provider about any metallic objects or implants in your body, such as hearing aids, pacemakers, vagus nerve stimulators, or metallic joint prostheses. These items can interfere with the MRI’s magnetic field and must be taken into account to ensure the quality of the images.

Preparing for an MRI Scan

When preparing for an MRI, you’ll likely receive specific instructions from your healthcare provider. It’s essential to follow these guidelines closely to ensure the procedure’s success.

You may be asked to fast for a few hours before the scan, depending on the type of MRI being performed. Additionally, it’s crucial to inform the medical staff if you have any allergies or medical conditions that might affect the use of contrast material.

The MRI Scan Procedure

On the day of your MRI, you’ll be welcomed into the MRI suite by our experienced staff. You’ll be asked to change into a hospital gown and remove any jewelry or items that might interfere with the scan.

Depending on the area being imaged, you may be positioned in the MRI machine headfirst or feet first. It’s essential to stay still during the scan to ensure the production of clear images.

As you enter the MRI machine, you might experience a slight sensation of confinement due to its cylindrical shape. However, our team will provide reassurance and support throughout the procedure. You may also receive earplugs or headphones to reduce the noise generated by the MRI scanner, which can be quite loud.

After the MRI Scan Procedure

Once the MRI is complete, you’ll be able to return to your normal activities. There are typically no restrictions on your daily routine after the scan.

The MRI images will be reviewed by a radiologist, and the results will be shared with your healthcare provider. They will then discuss the findings with you and determine the appropriate next steps for your care.

Complications with MRI Scans

MRI scans are generally safe and do not pose significant risks to patients. However, it’s important to be aware of potential complications.

If you have a fear of enclosed spaces (claustrophobia), please inform your healthcare provider before the procedure, as they can offer solutions to make you more comfortable during the scan. Additionally, if you have a condition that affects your ability to lie still, such as chronic pain, you may need special accommodations.

In rare cases, some individuals may experience an allergic reaction to the contrast dye used in MRI scans. If you have a history of allergies or have experienced a reaction to contrast material in the past, it’s crucial to inform your healthcare provider, as alternative imaging options may be considered.

Book Your MRI Appointment Today

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an invaluable tool in modern medicine, allowing for the non-invasive and radiation-free examination of internal structures. At Orthopedic Specialists & Sports Medicine, we understand the importance of providing our patients with the best diagnostic options available.

If you have questions about MRI exams or need to schedule an appointment, our team is here to assist you. We can schedule images faster than other locations and at a lower cost. Our experienced fellowship-trained musculoskeletal radiologists read images through ProScan.

We are proud to be licensed and accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in MRI, which demonstrates our facility’s ongoing commitment to providing quality patient care. Contact our offices in Granville or Coshocton, OH today to book your visit!

Medically reviewed by Alex Tancevski, M.D.

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