We offer the latest technology in clinical diagnostic MRI!
Tesla (T) is the unit of measurement quantifying the strength of a magnetic field. Prior to the 3 Tesla Machine, the high-field standard was 1.5 Tesla. Our scanner generates a magnetic field that is twice the strength of 1.5 Tesla machines and 10 to 15 times the strength of low field or open MRI scanners.
What does this mean for our patients and doctors?
It means when you get an MRI scan with us you are using the best in diagnostic clinical MRI.
Images are more detailed and scans are shorter. The images give our radiologists more information because of the clarity of the image.
Is 3T MRI appropriate for claustrophobic patients?
Our 3T MRI has a 70cm Wide Bore and Short Bore. The patient’s body will never be completely in the MRI bore and most patients prefer our Wide Bore over an “open”. In an open MRI the flat bore is closer to the patient’s face but the sides are open. When using open MRI, image detail is compromised and the scan time is longer. Our scans are 1/3 rd the time of open and image detail is exquisite. Our scanner accommodates up to 550 lbs.
Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. No zippers or snaps and no shiny clothing. No make-up, jewelry (wedding rings are fine). No hairspray, barrettes, or bobby pins in hair. If you have any body piercings they will need to be removed prior to your exam.
For MRCP and/or MRI Abdomen (includes kidneys, renals, liver, gallbladder, and pa?creas) no gaseous foods 2 days prior to your exam, nothing to eat or drink for 8 hours prior to your exam. You can take your medication with minimal water the morning of your exam.
Patients that have had heart valve replacements or stents put in please make sure you bring your card so we may obtain a copy of it.
If you have a pacemaker you cannot have an MRI scan performed.
If it has not been 6 weeks since any surgery you may be asked at the time of scheduling to wait the recommended 6 weeks before having this test done.
If you are or could be pregnant please let the scheduler know at the time of scheduling.
MRI of the Knee with Open 0.3T, Closed 1.5T, and Closed 3T MRI. Fuzziness (called noise in MRI) is not good-it’s like looking through a pair of dirty eye glasses. You can clearly see that 3T MRI is the best choice