MRI Frequently Asked Questions
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a common diagnostic tool used by physicians of all specialties. When ordered by Orthopaedic and Interventional Pain Management Physicians, it is used as a means of identifying musculoskeletal injury or conditions that cannot be visualized by x-ray or by physical examination or observation. MRI scans differ from other diagnostic tests, such as x-ray, in that they show all of the soft tissues (muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, etc.) as well as the bony structures of the body part being scanned
- What is MRI?
- What are the common uses for MRI?
- Why use MRI?
- What types of MRI does OSC offer?
- Why should I go to OSC for an MRI when the hospital close to my home/work offers the same thing?
- What can I expect at my MRI appointment?
- How long will I be in the MRI?
- Why is the MRI so loud?
- Can I get an MRI if I have a metal implant (heart valve, pacemaker, knee replacement?
- What if I can’t stay completely still?
- What is an MRI with contrast? Why do I need contrast? How is contrast administered?
- Who reads the MRI images?
- What is the weight limit for the OSC Open MRI?
- If I feel uncomfortable while in the MRI, can I stop the scan? What are my options?
- Is MRI safe? Does the MRI emit anything that is “bad” for me?
- How do I prepare for my MRI (clothing, eating)?