What is MRI?
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Why do I need an MRI?
- MRI provides more information about a potential problem seen on an x-ray, ultrasound scan or CT scan.
What does Lowcountry Ortho use it for?
MRI can check for problems of the bones and joints. Some common problems found by MRI include, arthritis, bone marrow problems, bone tumors, cartilage problems, torn ligaments or joints and infections. MRI can also be used to check the nerves of the spine for conditions such as spinal stenosis, disc bulges and spinal tumors.
Before the MRI scheduling:
Please advise your scheduler if any of the following apply to you:
- Cardiac pacemaker/stents/Neuro stimulators (please have your device card with you)
- Any recent surgery where anything was implanted.
- Any metal implanted
- If you are Claustrophobic
- Aneurysm clips
- Require Oxygen usage
The MRI will take between 30 to 45 minutes to be completed for each scan scheduled. For the MRI you will lie on a table and be positioned for the scanned scheduled. A coil device will be placed on the body part being scanned. After positioning you will then be moved into the MRI unit. You will be given ear protection because the MRI will make loud noises the duration of the scan. You will be given a ball to squeeze in case you need to communicate with the Tech about an urgent matter. You will have to remain still during the exam to ensure good quality pictures are taken for your doctor.
Features of the MRI machine:
Siemens MAGNETOM Espree MRI (Patient Comfort, Speed, Power):
- 1.5T resolution in an open bore MRI
- Shorter scan times
- Perfect for anxious, claustrophobic, pediatric and larger patients
- Experienced technologists committed to patient comfort
MRI Screening Form:
Please feel free to print and complete your MRI screening form and bring it with you to your appointment. This form is required before you have your MRI completed.
**The MRI unit is 60 cm in width **
Lowcountry Orthopaedics is accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission for the provision of musculoskeletal MRI services.