Very professional people for both the X-ray and MRI technicians. They explained what they were doing and even seemed to be concerned that it was painful to hold a pose so they worked quickly and efficiently.
MRI Imaging Center
Our dedicated and experienced MRI Team helps ensure you are comfortable, leading to more successful scans.
The MRI Imaging Center at DMOS is dedicated to providing services specifically for orthopaedic patients and is available to both internal and external referring doctors. Our exceptional MRI team is committed to delivering the highest quality of care to all patients, utilizing the best diagnostic services possible. Their combined years of experience and knowledge allow them to offer an MRI experience that is both comfortable and professional.
What is an MRI?
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a safe and painless test that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed pictures of the body’s organs and structures. An MRI differs from a CAT scan (also called a CT scan or a computed axial tomography scan) because it doesn’t use radiation. The technology uses strong magnetic fields and radio frequency waves to produce detailed pictures of internal organs and tissues of the body. These images assist in making diagnoses of the bone, joint, muscle, tendons, ligaments and spine and can help detect tumors, bleeding, infection and other abnormalities in the body.
State of the Art
The MRI machine at DMOS is a state of the art magnet with an opening on each end, allowing patients to feel as comfortable and unrestricted as possible throughout the imaging sequence.
The MRI at DMOS is acreditted by the American College of Radiology (ACR), which is a rigorous process that ensures the facility, equipment and personnel meet the highest standards. For more information on the standards that must be met, please click here.
If you are visiting the DMOS MRI Imaging Center and you have already been ordered by either a DMOS doctor or your primary care doctor to complete the MRI, you may print and fill out the below form to bring with you to your MRI appointment.
No. CT uses x-rays, MRI uses a magnetic field and radio waves. MRI is typically the diagnostic method of choice to view muscle, tendon and ligament injuries.
Yes. Take all medications as prescribed by your doctor.
Yes. During the MRI, you will be lying on your back for a minimum of 30 minutes. The MRI team will make you as comfortable as possible during this time, and prescribed pain medication will help as well.
Yes. The MRI results will not be impacted by eating or drinking beforehand.
No. All medications are to be prescribed by your doctor and can be taken prior to the MRI.
Prior to the MRI appointment, please discuss any concerns you may have about claustrophobia with your doctor. Please note, the MRI scanner at DMOS offers reduced noise and a larger, shorter bore (opening) to enhance patient comfort. The open design (one of the largest on the market) gives the patient a feeling of openness, benefiting claustrophobic or anxious patients.
No. All electronic devices will be locked in a personal locker with the rest of your personal belongings during the MRI scan. If you prefer music be played during your MRI scan, we offer XM Satellite Radio tuned to your favorite station.
The MRI technology in use today produces no known hazards to properly screened patients. However, some precautionary measures must be taken due to the high magnetic field of the MRI. For this reason, all patients are required to fill out a complete history sheet prior to their appointment. Patients will also be asked to remove certain items before the MRI scan, such as watches, wallets, and hearing aids. These items will be locked in a personal locker during the MRI scan.
If you have any of the following conditions, please speak with your doctor prior to your MRI scan.
- Have a cardiac pacemaker
- Are pregnant (or think you may be pregnant)
- Have claustrophobia
- Have a neurostimulator
- Have an intracranial aneurysm clip
- Have eye or ear implants
- Have severe pain that prohibits lying on your back for 30-60 minutes