Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive medical test that physicians use to diagnose and treat medical conditions. MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures. MRI does not use ionizing radiation (x-rays). Detailed MR images allow physicians to evaluate various parts of the body and determine the presence of certain diseases. The images can then be examined on a computer monitor, transmitted electronically, printed or copied to a CD. MRI of the breast offers valuable information about many breast conditions that cannot be obtained by other imaging modalities, such as mammography or ultrasound.
Radiologist requests for all patients to bring the most recent imagines, Mammogram or Ultrasound. No special preparation is needed before having a MRI. Nothing metallic be worn, so it is best to leave all jewelry at home. Because of the strong magnetic field, people who have a heart pacemaker or any kind of metallic implant in their body shouldn´t have an MRI. You should also make sure the MRI technologists is aware of any metal fragments you might have in your body. If you expect to be sedated, do not eat 6 hours prior to the exam. Patient must to have a driver to be sedated.
Also please review general introduction and prep for MRI Closed.