female doctor running a ct scanning machine

What is it?

MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), a non-invasive, quick, accurate and painless technique that delivers high-resolution images without the use of radiation. MRI utilizes the power of magnets, radio frequencies and computer photographic techniques to create a clear picture of the body’s internal structures, allowing physicians to accurately detect and define the differences between healthy and damaged tissues.

MRI is most effective in the clinical evaluation of:

  • Brain Disorders
  • Knee and Shoulder Injuries
  • Spine, Liver and Abdominal Diseases
  • Tumor Detection
  • Eye, Face and Neck Abnormalities
  • Cardiac Malformations
  • Blood Flow, Vessel and Musculoskeletal Disorders

At Maryville Imaging, we specialize in caring for patients who are claustrophobic or those who may have trouble fitting comfortably in a conventional MRI. Maryville Imaging’s diagnostic center’s MRI has the largest opening on the market: the High-field Wide-bore MRI. The opening is approximately the size of a hula-hoop, offering a roomier experience for the patient.

What to expect

On the day of the exam, our friendly and helpful staff members will work hard to ensure that the patient's visit is comfortable and enjoyable. No special preparations are required prior to receiving any of our MRI services. Generally, patients are free to eat and drink normally, with the exception of caffeinated beverages, which should be limited on exam day. In addition, our female patients are advised to refrain from wearing eye shadow or mascara. Prior to the start of the MRI screening, all patients will be asked to remove all jewelry and any metal objects they may be wearing.

To start the MRI scan, patients will be asked to lie down on the scanning table, usually on the back. The table will then slowly move into the system. An MRI coil may be placed around the part of the body to be scanned. This acts as an antenna. The closer the antenna is to the area of interest on the body, the better signal it receives, allowing a better quality image to be produced. During the 30 - 45 minute MRI scan, a rapid tapping sound will be audible from inside the scanner, varying in rhythm. This is normal and means the scanner is acquiring the patient’s image. To ensure a high-quality image, patients should lie as still as possible. Immediately following the scan, patients are free to resume their normal activities.

Maryville Imaging complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws, does not discriminate and does not exclude people or treat them differently because of or on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information and testing, pregnancy, national origin, citizenship, veteran status military status, unfavorable discharge from military, or other lawfully protected status.

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