MRI at New Hampshire NeuroSpine Institute
At NH NeuroSpine Institute we are able to make patient care more convenient by offering MRI services on site. We can easily coordinate MRI appointments around the patient's schedule, and in special cases on the same day as the appointment with the provider.
Why have an MRI?
Providers often use forms of diagnostic imaging to help diagnose patient symptoms and to then plan treatment. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is one of the most sophisticated diagnostic tools available and unlike other imaging technologies, there is no radiation involved.
How MRI Works
MRI uses a large magnet, radio waves and a computer to produce images of the region of interest requested by your physician. Radio signals given off by the body are digitally processed to produce images based on both the body's anatomy and its chemical composition.
Typically, an MRI requires no preparation. Patients will be required to fill out a screening form prior to their MRI. This is meant to inform us of any implants, surgical clips or exposure to metal prior to your MRI. There are many implants that are perfectly safe in the MRI environment and MRI poses no known risk to most patients if appropriate safety guidelines are followed. However due to the magnet field some implants can be affected.
What to Expect
You will be asked to arrive 30 minutes prior to your test. When you arrive, an MRI technician or patient care coordinator will bring you to a changing area. They will explain the exam and go over any screening questions necessary. At this time you will be asked to remove any accessories such as eyeglasses, jewelry, hearing aids, dental work and any other metallic or magnetic items. Lockers will be provided for safekeeping of valuables.
MRIs are painless exams lasting between 30 and 90 minutes depending on the area of interest. The MRI technician will lead you to the apparatus where you will lie down on a cushioned table and relax with your choice of music. The table will then be moved into place and the study will began.
During the MRI there will be loud thumping or knocking noises. These occur when the images are being taken so it is very important to lie still during this time. Any motion while the images are being taken can cause a blurry, inaccurate image. You are able to communicate with the technician throughout the exam should you have any questions.
Once the MRI is complete the patient will be escorted back to the changing area.
The New Hampshire NeuroSpine Institute MRI is ACR Certified
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For more information please call us at: (603)472-8888
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