Each year, about 40 million Americans undergo magnetic resonance imaging or MRI. This noninvasive diagnostic procedure is safe and provides key information about your internal organs and bodily systems. At REDI Diagnostics Corp in Elmwood Park, New Jersey, the radiology and medical imaging specialists perform MRIs and MRAs. To schedule an appointment today, call the office or book online.
An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a large magnet, radiofrequency waves, and a computer to create detailed, cross-sectional pictures of your organs and other internal structures.
The MRI scanner looks like a large tube. During an MRI, you lie down on your back or stomach. The magnet and radiofrequency waves scan your body, creating a series of digital images.
MR angiography or MRA is a diagnostic imaging procedure used to identify and evaluate blood vessel abnormalities.
An MRA can monitor blood vessels anywhere in your body, including the brain, neck, heart, chest, abdomen, or limbs. It can identify a variety of common vein-related problems, including aneurysms, plaque disease, and congenital abnormalities.
For some MRI or MRA scans, REDI Diagnostics Corp providers administer an injection of contrast dye. This dye is completely safe and does not cause any allergic reactions. You will be asked to drink water for the next 24 to 48 hrs to flush the dye out of your system.
MRIs can detect a wide array of common health problems. REDI Diagnostics Corp regularly uses MRIs to diagnose:
MRI imaging can also detect fertility issues, including endometriosis, fibroids, and other uterine anomalies.
REDI Diagnostics Corp conducts MRI scans in its comfortable, welcoming office. On the day of your appointment, you wear a disposable gown and remove all of your jewelry. You lock your personal items and jewelry in a locker. If you have an artificial joint or another implant that contains metal, make sure to let your provider know.
Next, your REDI Diagnostics Corp provider walks you through the MRI scanning process. The team uses a GE Healthcare 1.5 Tesla short and wide bore MRI system, which is ideal for patients who are claustrophobic, overweight, or disabled.
If you have any questions, make sure to ask them during this time. Afterward, you lie down on the scanner table. The staff can provide blankets or pillows to ensure you’re comfortable.
They also give you headphones or earplugs to wear during your MRI. The machine is loud and makes banging noises. Listening to music helps you relax and makes the scan more comfortable.
There’s an intercom inside the MRI machine and a handheld buzzer. If you feel uncomfortable or nervous at any time during your scan, don’t hesitate to press the buzzer and let your technician know.
The length of your MRI depends on the area of your body scanned and the number of images required. Most patients finish MRI screening within 20 minutes.
REDI Diagnostics Corp sends the results of your MRI to your primary care provider or specialist, often within 24 hours of your appointment.
To schedule an MRI or MRA, call REDI Diagnostics Corp, or book online today.