Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a highly specialized test that produces
very clear images of the body without the use of radiation. MRI scanners
produce a variety of two and three-dimensional images using a large magnet,
radio waves and a computer. MRI is widely used in hospitals for medical
diagnosis and staging of disease.
When are MRIs recommended?
MRIs are generally used to diagnose health problems including internal
injuries, early-stage strokes, cancers, musculoskeletal problems, brain
and nervous system disorders and advanced heart problems. MRIs also help
doctors evaluate soft tissue masses, bone tumors and spinal problems such
as herniated discs.
Boulder Community Health also offers advanced, minimally invasive procedures
such as MRI-guided breast biopsy and tumor localization.
What to expect during an MRI
The patient lies on a bed that is moved into a horizontal tube. The machine
emits short bursts of a powerful magnetic field to create images. During
the scan, you must lie very still for 30 to 45 minutes.
Because you must be able to lie still in an enclosed space for an extended
period of time, please notify your physician or the MRI department (303-415-7550)
if you are claustrophobic or unable to lie still for 30 minutes or more.
The scanner makes loud tapping sounds, so headphones or earplugs are available.
Most MRI scans require no preparation, although you may be advised to stop
taking aspirin or blood thinner three days before your exam.
Tell your doctor about any health problems, recent surgeries or whether
you may pregnant—
and if you have kidney issues and the MRI order calls for contrast dye.
Benefits and risks
Because strong magnets are used, patients with implanted medical devices,
such as individuals with heart pacemakers, are not good candidates for
an MRI—unless the device has been identified as MR Safe. Our MRI
department can help identify MR Safe devices.
Schedule an MRI appointment
BCH offers MRIs at Foothills Hospital in Boulder. To schedule an MRI, call
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