What is an MRI?

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) uses a powerful magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed, multi-planar images of the body. Unlike radiographs and CT scans, MRI does not expose the patient to ionizing radiation. Some examinations benefit from administration of intravenous contrast. If you are on dialysis, please alert the staff so they can give you additional instructions.

Although the opening of the scanner at Seashore Imaging, LLC is one of the largest available, some patients may still experience anxiety or claustrophobia during the exam. If you think you may be affected in this manner, medication can be provided by your doctor to help alleviate this. Should you take a sedative for your exam, you will need to arrive one hour early and have someone available to stay with you and drive you home afterwards.

Before Your MRI

Before your MRI you will be asked a series of questions regarding your medical history. It is particularly important to provide information about implanted devices. If you have the information card provided to patients after an implantable device is placed, please bring it with you. Some implanted devices can prevent patients from having an MRI. It is important to let the staff know if you have any of the following to determine if it is safe for you to proceed with your MRI:

  • Aneurysm Clips
  • Artificial Joints or Metallic Plates
  • Cardiac Pacemaker, Defibrillator or Artificial Heart Valve
  • Ear Implant
  • Insulin or other Infusion Pump
  • Intrauterine Birth Control Device
  • Permanent Tattoo Eye-liner
  • Prior Gunshot Wound
  • Metal in Your Eye (or a history of grinding or welding)

It is also important to let us know prior to your MRI if you are or may be pregnant.

General MRI Uses