Waco Orthopedic Sports Medicine Clinic

Waco Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Clinic

Office MRIs

Early Detection is the Key

Because our primary goal has always been to deliver the highest quality care to our patients, we are adding extremity MRI to our practice. We have chosen the extremity MRI system from Hologic because it is the leader in musculoskeletal MR imaging. We believe that it offers the best technology available. Please contact our office if you have any questions or wish to make an appointment.

What is an MRI?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRl) is a non-invasive method of using a magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed images of the human body. Doctors use MRI to help diagnose medical conditions and disorders using three-dimensional, internal images.

What do I need to do to be prepared for my MRI scan?

You will be asked to remove watches, credit cards, jewelry, keys, hearing aids and any other metal objects before entering the MAl suite. Please come wearing comfortable clothing that will allow easy access to the area of your body that is being examined. Patient gowns will be provided if it is necessary to change. Please inform the doctor or technologist prior to your exam if you have aneurysm clips, metal plates, metal pins, a cardiac pacemaker, joint replacements or if there is a chance you may be pregnant.

How is the MRI Performed?

During the examination you will be asked to lie still on a table. You will be positioned so that the extremity being imaged is in the magnet opening. There is no pain, or unusual sensations. During the scan you may hear a mild tapping.

What are the risks of having an MRI scan?

An MRI scan is a safe, painless way for the doctor to evaluate the area of interest with no known side effects.

What can I expect from my extremity MRI scan?

During your procedure you will be asked to lie quietly on the examination bed for approximately 30 - 60 minutes. You are free to talk, read or sleep while the scanner is in operation. This examination is being performed on a dedicated, open extremity scanner with your head and most of your body outside the magnet therefore; it is very unlikely that you will experience claustrophobia.

What if I have questions?

Your physician, nurse or MAl technologist will answer any questions you may have.