Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a strong magnetic field and radiowaves to visualize certain internal body structures. No radiation is used. Unlike x-rays, which show bone, the MRI examines soft tissues such as organs, muscle, cartilage, ligaments and tendons.
An MRI clearly shows a difference between healthy and unhealthy tissue. Areas that are commonly examined are the brain, spinal cord, abdomen and joints such as the knee, hip and elbow. The MRI is also used to show the transfer of diseased cells to other parts of the body. Some patients may need to be intravenously injected with a dye to help highlight the tissue being pictured.
During your exam, you will lay on a comfortable table that moves into a four-foot-long cylinder-like tube. A part of the machine called a "coil" will be placed over or under the area to be imaged. You must lay very still because the MRI is very sensitive to motion, although you can breathe normally during the test. You will hear a knocking noise that will last anywhere from three to six minutes per image. You can, however, block out that knocking noise by listening to music (bring your own or listen to ours) through headphones, which are provided. The whole test will take about 30. The test results will be sent to your doctor who will use them to diagnose a medical condition.
No magnetic metal is allowed in the MRI room, so you will be screened for metal that might be in your body from previous surgeries or injuries. Do not wear any jewelry or make-up (which may contain metal).
Gottlieb's MRI is accredited by the American College of Radiology.
Appointment hours are:
Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
When you call for your appointment, you can usually get in within a couple days and maybe even the same day if necessary.
For more information, call Ron Shimonis, Medical Imaging director, at (708) 681-3200 ext. 4987.