An MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, is a non-radiation form of imaging that provides doctors a way to visualize soft tissues and fluids to help diagnose a wide range of medical conditions, from muscle tears to tumors. The MRI machine uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the inside of your body. These images help your doctor gain insight into your health, diagnose medical conditions, monitor the effects of treatment or guide the treatment process.
Touchstone Medical Imaging performs MRI scans at locations in Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. We schedule same-day and next-day appointments, often with early morning, evening and weekend hours available.
Doctors typically order an MRI when they need to look at the form or function of the soft tissues and non-bony structures of the body, including the brain, spinal cord, muscles, ligaments and tendons. MRI scans are also used to capture detailed images of the organs within the chest and abdomen, including the heart, digestive system, pelvic organs, blood vessels and lymph nodes.
Doctors commonly use an MRI to help diagnose or monitor conditions such as:
Because an MRI does not use radiation, it provides an ideal option for routine monitoring of conditions and safe to capture images of the mother and of the fetus during pregnancy.
Pay careful attention to any guidelines your doctor or the staff at Touchstone Medical Imaging provides, including specific details about whether you can eat and drink in the hours prior to an MRI.
Wear comfortable, loose clothing that doesn’t contain metal snaps, buttons or zippers. Leave jewelry and other metal accessories at home—and remove other items that may contain metal, including hearing aids, dentures and glasses, before the scan begins. Tell your Touchstone Medical Imaging technologist about any metal implants or devices in your body.
MRI scans are painless and noninvasive. In some cases, your doctor may request imaging with a contrast dye to make various structures within the body easier to see in the final MRI images.
To position you for the scan, your Touchstone Medical Imaging technologist will ask you to lie on a table that will slide into a cylinder-shaped tube surrounded by a powerful, circular magnet. The length of this imaging test varies, depending on the area of the body being scanned, whether contrast is used and the type of MRI machine. MRI scans usually take between 15 and 30 minutes, although some imaging studies may take longer.
You will be able to leave the imaging center and continue with your daily routine after the scan. One of our board-certified radiologists will interpret the results of the MRI and report the findings to your doctor.
MRI scans are safe and do not expose you to radiation.
However, the MRI machine emits a powerful magnetic field, so anyone with an implant—such as a pacemaker, a vagus nerve stimulator, an insulin pump, a cochlear implant or a deep brain stimulator—should speak with their doctor before undergoing an MRI. In some cases, these implanted devices are incompatible with an MRI, and another imaging scan may be a better option.
Other factors to know about an MRI scan include:
You want convenient MRI services and results you can feel confident in when you need important information about your health. Touchstone Medical Imaging technologists are committed to making every MRI appointment a friendly, welcoming experience. We’ve assembled a team of fellowship-trained, subspeciality radiologists paired with leading-edge equipment to achieve the goal of providing crisp, clear imaging insight your doctors can rely on as they make recommendations about your medical care.
Do you need to schedule an MRI? Touchstone offers same-day and next-day appointment options to make getting an imaging scan convenient. Get a referral from your doctor, find the Touchstone Medical Imaging center closest to you, and then call to schedule an imaging appointment.