Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) use a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to produce detailed pictures of your anatomy.
At DuPage Medical Group, the images are transmitted electronically to a computer workstation where a Radiologist will review and interpret your images. This interpretation will provide your physician with information about your condition in a diagnostic medical report.
There are many varieties of MRI scanners in the market with varying degrees of strength and capabilities. At DuPage Medical Group, we use state-of-the-art, High-Field MRI machines. All of our scanners are 1.5T-3.0T which provide for optimal resolution and image quality. High-Field MRI allows the Radiologists to better visualize the anatomical structures of the body providing a more accurate diagnosis to guide your care. MRI does not use ionizing radiation (X-rays) and is safe for patients so long as the screening process is completed.
During your procedure, the technologist will position you on the table and place a coil around or near the body part being imaged. Due to the noisy environment, you will be provided with earplugs for your exam. In some exams, you may have the option to listen to music or watch a DVD movie during your procedure.
For some exams, you may be required to receive an injection of contrast dye into your vein. This injection is required when your physician and Radiologist feel that it would provide necessary information for your diagnosis. Our trained schedulers will alert you should the need for any type of contrast be necessary. Following your procedure, you may resume your normal activity and diet. Most exams that do not require a contrast injection are completed in as little as 20-30 minutes.