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So, you have been told that you need an MRI. And while that may make you nervous, relax because Hollywood Diagnostics Center has you covered. And whether it is an open MRI or a high-field MRI, both can be done at Hollywood Diagnostics Center.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive and painless medical test that health care providers use to diagnose and treat numerous medical conditions and injuries. MRI utilizes a powerful magnet field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues and bone. It does not use ionizing radiation (x-rays). The actual magnetic field is created by passing an electric current through specialized wire coils located within the MRI unit.

The organs, soft tissues and bones that are being imaged, send and receive radio waves, producing signals that are detected by the coils. A computer then processes these signals and generates a series of images, each of which shows a thin slice of the body. The images can then be studied from various angles by the interpreting radiologist. Some MRI exams may require you to receive an injection of contrast material. Gadolinium is most commonly used. It is injected into a vein by the technologist prior to the start of a study.

On the day of the exam, you might be asked to wear a gown. It is best to dress in clothing without metal zippers. No jewelry or watches. No pacemakers or stents. Metal and electronic items ( such as phones, pins, hairpins, glasses, pens, pocket knives, keys, etc.) are not allowed in the MRI scanning room because they will interfere with the magnetic field of the MRI unit.

Also, no credit cards or hearing aids which could become damaged during the study. Body piercings and removable dental appliances must be removed before the exam. Before the MRI exam is performed, you will be positioned on a moveable exam table. The table may be tilted as necessary depending upon which areas of the body are being scanned. The technologist will monitor the series of images at a computer workstation adjacent to the scanning room. They will be able to see, hear and speak with you at all times. Depending on the areas being scanned, your study can last up to an hour. It is very important that you lay perfectly still while the images are being obtained. You will know when images are being recorded because you will hear and feel loud tapping or thumping sounds when the coils that generate the radiofrequency pulses are activated.

Before the MRI exam is performed, you will be positioned on a moveable exam table. The technologist will monitor the series of images at a computer workstation adjacent to the scanning room. They will be able to see, hear and speak with you at all times. Depending on the areas being scanned, your study can last anywhere from 30 min to an hour. It is very important that you lay perfectly still while the images are being obtained. You will know when images are being recorded because you will hear and feel loud tapping or thumping sounds when the coils that generate the radiofrequency pulses are activated.

Once all of the imaging sequences have been completed, a Board Certified Radiologist will review the images and provide written results to your referring provider, usually within 72 hours. A digital copy of the MRI study can be provided to your health care provider at no cost. Your referring provider will then review the results and a plan for treatment with you.

If you live in South Florida, or specifically the city of Hollywood, and are in need of an open of high-field MRI, or any medical imaging, then call the Hollywood Diagnostics Center today! Medical professionals are ready to assist you with all of the tests and procedures that you need to get your health in order. All of the staff is friendly and ready to answer any questions you have regarding any medical imaging technologies and procedures. Call the Hollywood Diagnostic Center at Phone: (954) 966-3600 today!

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