Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

AHIC lobby7262_smPREPARING FOR YOUR MRI/MRA VISIT

PRIOR TO YOUR VISIT

  • It is important to let our scheduler know if you have any metal implants, brain aneurysm clips, a heart pacemaker or defibrillator, ferrous metal in the eye, or any other implanted material, as these may be contraindications to your exam. Your physician can consult with our radiologist to determine the appropriate test for you.
  • If you are at least 50 years of age and will be receiving an intravenous contrast agent in conjunction with your MRI exam, you will need to have completed recent blood work prior to your exam. Please be sure to discuss with your physician prior to your scheduled exam date.
  • Please bring any relevant outside X-rays or other exams for correlation. This is especially important for spine and musculoskeletal MRI exams.
  • Our staff will contact you prior to your scheduled appointment date to confirm your upcoming visit. To make your visit as quick as possible, we will make every effort to pre-register you for your visit.

ON THE DAY OF YOUR VISIT

  • Please bring any relevant outside X-rays or other exams for correlation. This is especially important for spine and musculoskeletal MRI exams.
  • Please notify the technologist of any prior surgeries or injuries where metal may be inside the body.

OTHER HELPFUL HINTS

  • The exam takes about an hour, during which time you will need to lie still on a comfortable padded table.
  • We will try to make you as comfortable as possible during your exam. If you experience discomfort at any time, you will be able to communicate with the technologist through an intercom system.
  • During the exam, you will hear humming, clicking, and thumping sounds coming from the equipment. There is no need for alarm, as these sounds are part of the normal functioning of this type of equipment. For optimal imaging quality, it is important for you to remain as still as possible during your exam. Your technologist will provide pillows and pads to help you become comfortably positioned.
  • Wear comfortable clothing that is free from any metal, such as buttons and zippers. If this is not possible, we will provide you with a gown during your exam. Female patients may also wear a sports bra.
  • Leave jewelry, hair pins, and any metallic objects at home.

FOLLOWING YOUR VISIT

  • Our radiologists will interpret your images and send a report directly to your doctor. Your doctor will communicate the results of your exam to you.

WHAT IS MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING (MRI)?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to provide pictures of organs and structures inside the body. In many cases, MRI provides information that cannot be obtained from an X-ray, ultrasound, or CT scan. For an MRI test, the area of the body being studied is positioned inside a strong magnetic field. The MRI can detect changes in the normal structure and characteristics of organs or other tissues. Sometimes, a contrast agent is used in conjunction with an MRI study, to produce more clearly defined images.

Magnetic Resonance Angiogram (MRA)

Magnetic Resonance Angiogram (MRA) uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to provide pictures of blood vessels inside the body. In many cases MRA can provide information that cannot be obtained from an X-ray, ultrasound, or CT scan. MRA can find problems with the blood vessels that may be causing reduced blood flow. With MRA, both the blood flow and the condition of the blood vessel walls can be seen. The test is often used to look at the blood vessels that go to the brain, kidneys, and legs.

Magnetic Resonance Arthrogram (MR Arthrogram)

Magnetic Resonance Arthrogram uses MRI after a contrast material (such as dye, water, air, or a combination of these) has been injected into the joint. This allows your doctor to see the soft tissue structures of your joint, such as tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. An MR Arthrogram is used to find the cause of ongoing, unexplained joint pain, swelling, or abnormal movement of your joint. It may be done alone, before, or as part of other tests, such as MRI.

REST ASSURED YOUR MRI CAN BE A PLEASANT EXPERIENCE

We understand that some people have reservations about having an MRI, but it can be a pleasant experience. With your comfort in mind, our High Field MRI unit provides more room in the magnet and less noise during the exam, so it is easier to remain motionless during your procedure.

MRI Scheduling Appointments

Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

To schedule an appointment or for more information, please call 714-282-8160 or reach us via email by clicking on Request an Appointment.  We offer same-day appointments. The center accepts most health plans and also offers cash rates.
Anaheim Hills Imaging Center’s MRI unit is accredited by the American College of Radiology.