What is MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)?
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) works with a large magnet, radio waves, and a computer to produce detailed images of the inside of the body. It uses electromagnetic energy rather than ionizing radiation or any kind of radioactive material. MRI provides physicians with a powerful tool to examine virtually any structure in your body, including bones, muscles, connective tissue, and organs such as the heart, lung, or kidneys.
Open Feel MRI for your Comfort
The MRI units at our Lennon Road and Royal Oak locations have a shorter bore, designed with patient comfort in mind.
Your primary care physician may order an MRI for purposes such as:
- Detecting tumors
- Looking for signs of disease or abnormalities in the heart or circulatory system
- Examining your liver, kidneys, reproductive system, or other organs for disorders or abnormalities
- Other purposes as recommended by your physician, depending on your specific situation
Preparing for MRI
MRI History Form (Please print, complete and bring with you to your appointment.)
Metallic surgical implants and accidentally implanted metallic objects can interfere with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Some can actually be hazardous to your safety during the examination. If you have any of the following items, please contact the MRI Department before scheduling:
- Defibrillator / Pacemaker
- Dentures (need to remove prior to exam)
- Hearing Aids (need to remove prior to exam)
- Renal Transplant / Renal Failure
- Carotid Clips
- Brain Aneurysm Clips or Coils
- Artificial heart
- Prosthesis (need to remove prior to exam)
- Insulin Pump (need to remove prior to exam)
- Aortic Clip
- Loop Recorder / Cardiac Monitor
- Cochlear Implant / Stapes Implant
Also notify RMI before your exam if you:
- Are or suspect you may be pregnant
- Have any history of metal in your eyes or have had brain, eye, ear, or open-heart surgery
Dress comfortably. Sweat suits are recommended, as are sports bras for women. You should arrive for your examination with as little metal on you as possible. Any implants or prostheses should be approved prior to the exam. Please leave jewelry and other valuables at home. Body piercings should be removed prior to the examination. Wedding rings may be left on.
Nothing to eat or drink 6 hours prior to exam. You can take your medications with a sip of water.
Learn about how cash pay pricing can significantly cut the cost of your MRI exam in this Wall Street Journal article featuring an interview with RMI.
RadiologyInfo.org: MRI of the Body (Chest, Abdomen, Pelvis)