A MRI is a diagnostic exam in which a strong magnet, radio waves, and a computer are used to make images or pictures of the inside of your body. The images are multi-dimensional and are not produced by x-rays. Any area of your body may be scanned. Thank you for trusting CGH for your medical imaging needs.
Your exam will take approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour depending on the exam your doctor ordered. You will be asked to lay on your back for most procedures and to be as still as possible. If you think this may be difficult or painful, please inform your physician prior to your appointment. If you are claustrophobic, inform your physician prior to scheduling your MRI scan. Please arrange for appropriate transportation home if you are taking medication for pain or claustrophobia.
There are no dietary restrictions for a MRI, unless you are scheduled for a MRI of the abdominal area. If you are scheduled for a MRI of the abdominal area, please do not eat anything 4 hours prior to your exam.
The MRI scanner has a weight limit of 350lbs. Please inform your doctor if this will inhibit you from having your exam done at CGH Medical Center.
If you are a female between the ages of 12-55 and have not had a tubal or hysterectomy, you will be required to have a pregnancy test if receiving contrast.
Providing safe, quality patient care is our highest priority. To help ensure quality and safety, we ask that you do not bring young children that will need to be chaperoned, during your exam with you. Children are not allowed to accompany you during your MRI test. Staff is unable to care for your child in your absence. Your technologist will be happy to answer any specific questions you may have about your scheduled MRI scan. Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment for the in-depth patient screening. Please call the MRI department at 815-625-0400 x4427 if you have any questions.
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