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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Scheduling number: 719-524-8662
 
What is MRI?  
MRI uses magnetic fields and radio frequency pulses to obtain images of the human body.  It is a painless procedure that lasts approximately 30 minutes and no radiation is used.  During the exam you will hear loud knocking sounds but this is normal.  Hearing protection will be provided for all patients.

MRI machine
Patients that suffer from claustrophobia (fear of confined spaces) should consult with their ordering provider.  Hopefully they will provide you with oral medications that will help them with this exam.

Due to the use of a large magnet in your exam, you will be asked  to remove all jewelry, watches, keys, wallets and credit cards prior to your exam.  This will help prevent damage to your property and the magnet.  Metallic objects on your clothing will also need to be removed so you may be asked to change into a gown.

You will be able to communicate with the technologist at all times during the exam, so if you experience any concerns or difficulties once the exam starts please tell the technologist.

The MRI exam is typically pain-free, without any danger to your body.  However with certain medical conditions, serious bodily harm or damage can come from the magnetic field.  These conditions are in patients with cardiac pacemakers, ear implants, aneurysm clips in the brain or metallic fragments in the eye.  If any of these conditions apply to you then please notify the MRI Department BEFORE your appointment.  If you have been employed in an occupation where you may have gotten metal inside the eye (such as welders or sheet metal workers), please notify the technologist.  Regular x-rays will first be obtained of the concerned region to be certain there is no metal there.

The total risk of MRI to the mother and fetus during pregnancy are not known.  If you think you may be pregnant then please tell the receptionist before your exam.

How do I prepare for my MRI exam?  
Below are some of the exams performed here and their required preparation.  If your exam is not listed or you have further questions please contact us at 719-524-4680 for guidance.
           
MRCP (Magnetic Resonance CholangioPancreatography)


Nothing to eat 4 hours before your exam.

All other MRI exams

No special preparation required.

If your renal (kidney) functions are compromised then you might be required to have a lab test before your exam.
 

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Last Modified 11 September, 2014