Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a magnetic field and radio waves to generate cross-sectional images without the use of X-Rays. MRI produces detailed and clear images of the body, especially the brain, spine, joints, bones, organs & soft tissues. MRA is a specialized type of MRI which produces images of the vessels in your body.
Our MRI scanner & technologists
At Guilford Radiology, our MRI machine is a Siemens 1.5T Magnetom Symphony. It is one of the best scanners available—combining high field strength with a very open & comfortable feeling. We will guide you through this exam with the utmost attention to your needs. Our knowledgeable, professional team will put you at ease and answer all of your questions before the exam. We do everything possible to make your experience with us comfortable & relaxing, and provide music headsets, pillows and blankets. Please note that our MRI table has a weight limit of 440 pounds.
What to Expect
At Guilford Radiology we care for each individual patient’s needs, and we schedule accordingly. We allow ample time for history taking, changing, and attention to our patients. Our technologists are experienced, certified, and most important kind & patient. They will guide you through the entire process with as much comfort as is possible. You should plan to be at our office for 60-90 minutes.
Prior to scanning, our MRI technologist will take a brief medical history. You will be asked to fill out a screening sheet to review any past surgical history. If you are pregnant, have a pacemaker, an aneurysm clip in the brain, or a permanent ear implant you may not be a candidate for an MRI.
You will have a comfortable private changing room, with a secure locker for your valuables. You will need to remove all jewelry, hairclips, bobby pins and hearing aids. In addition, you will need to removed clothing containing metal including bras with metal enclosures and jeans with metal zippers and buttons. You will be provided a gown, if needed.
An MRI generally takes 30-60 minutes of scan time. MRI is very motion sensitive. You will be asked to hold very still during the entire exam. Some MRIs require intravenous (IV) contrast, and if needed, your doctor may do a blood test to check your kidney function prior to your study. Our technologists are experts at placing the IV’s, and the injection is painless.
Your doctor(s) will receive a full detailed written report from our highly trained MRI radiologists within one day. We will provide you with a CD copy of your exam, for your personal records or to bring to your referring physician on your follow-up visit. Our goal is to provide you with the highest level of customer service and image quality in a caring and supportive environment.
MRI - Quick Reference Guides
All our MRI quick reference guides can be found in our Form & Brochure section in PDF format.
Click here if you are scheduled to undergo an MRI and wish to complete your MRI Screening Questionnaire prior to your visit.
If you have any questions or concerns about your procedure, feel free to call us at 203-453-5123 or contact us online.