Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is very similar to CT imaging, but provides a better picture of soft tissue within the body. Unlike CT imaging, MRI uses magnets to view what your anatomy looks like rather than radio waves. It is very useful in neurological, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and oncological imaging. Many sports related injuries require MRI imaging.
Nebraska Advanced Radiology has an open MRI, which allows for a wider range of patients to be seen at our facility. Open MRI is the choice of patients with anxiety or claustrophobia. We can also accommodate patients up to 500 lbs.
During your MRI exam, you will hear a “knocking” sound, which is the magnet moving around to capture the images. This is completely normal and will in no way harm you. MRI exams will at times require the use of contrast media, just like CT. However there are no instructions to follow prior to your exam.
Tips About Your MRI
There are many ways to prepare for your MRI exam. Here are some tips to follow:
- Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing
- Please try to avoid wearing any metal
- Your appointment will take approximately 1 hour
- Inform our staff if you are or may be pregnant
Prior to the exam, please inform the facility if you have any of the following conditions:
- You’ve had an aneurysm or brain surgery
- You have metal fragments in your body
- You’ve received surgical implantation of any metal in your body
- You have wire or electronic devices on or in your body
- Your body contains artificial cardiac valves