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Nearly every part of the body may be studied with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Organs within the chest and abdomen, such as the heart, liver, bladder and kidneys can easily be seen. The images to the left gives detailed view of the heart, brain and abdomen.
What is Magnetic Resonance Imaging?
Your doctor has arranged for you to be examined using one of the most advanced diagnostic methods available: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRI is a very advanced medical imaging technique which produces very clear pictures or images of the human body. It provides an excellent way to diagnose diseases of the brain, spine, skeleton, chest, abdomen, pelvis, and blood vessels.
Broward Health North's MRI offers maximum patient comfort and shorter exam times. The system has a spacious, well-lit opening on both ends, attractive design and soft colors which produce a friendly environment that helps to relax patients, reduce their anxieties and minimize claustrophobia. The exam takes about 30 to 60 minutes. It consists of several image exposures lasting 10 to 15 minutes each. These images assist us in making the best diagnosis possible and may even eliminate the need for biopsy or surgery. The exam poses no risk to the average patient if appropriate safety guidelines are followed.
What Can You Expect During the MRI Exam?
Although MRI is a very advanced medical technique, the MRI exam is probably one of the easiest and most comfortable exams you may ever experience. The technologist will simply ask you to lie down on a cushioned table. A device called a "coil" will be placed over or under you. It is specialized to produce the clearest picture of the area it is placed over. When you are comfortably positioned, the table will move through the magnet. The technologist will then step into the control area, while staying in constant contact with you both visually and through intercom. As the exam proceeds, you will hear a muffled thumping sound for several minutes at a time. Relax and lie as still as possible. Any movement during this time will blur the picture. Other than the sound, the MRI creates no bodily sensation.