What is an MRI?
An MRI, or Magnetic Resonance Imaging, produces detailed images of the body’s soft tissue, including the brain, spine, joints, and internal organs. Using a strong magnetic field, combined with non-ionizing radiofrequency pulses, MRI units create cross-sectional anatomical images that are used for diagnosing pathologic processes within the body. Our MRI program in Rockville MD offers the most efficient, safest imaging experience while producing the high-quality imaging your provider needs for diagnosis.
What is a 3T MRI? The “T” in 3T MRI stands for “Tesla.” This is the unit used to measure the strength of magnetic fields. Before the development of 3T technology, the industry-standard was 1.5T. The 3T MRI offers greater resolution and more detailed imaging. Many patients benefit from 3T MRI Rockville MD as they are more precise. The clinical information derived from the 3T MRI allows for better diagnoses and treatment plans.
How Should I Prepare for a 3T MRI?
As with any procedure, talk to your doctor. Make sure the doctor is aware of any previous surgeries, and whether or not you have implants, surgical screws, or other metallic devices. They need to know these things in order to get an accurate image. Our procedure for a 3T MRI Rockville MD is performed by an expert radiologist at The Radiology Clinic. Click here to read more about preparation for MRI’s.
Do not eat or drink right before the procedure, as nausea can be a common side effect. Arrive at least 15 minutes early to prepare for the examination. Make the team aware of your asthma, claustrophobia, or any other conditions that are aggravated by being in an enclosed space. Our team of friendly professionals provides great services and will make your experience as smooth as possible. Even if you are claustrophobic, our scanner, the environment, and our caring technologists will ease your mind and seamlessly get you through the procedure. At The Radiology Clinic, we consider all variables to make our patients as comfortable as possible.
What Should I Expect?
After a comprehensive screening process, you will be escorted into the scan room and asked to lie down on the table bed. Our technologist will assure that you are comfortable and understand the process before we begin the study.
During your exam, the unit will produce loud knocking noises. MRI machines produce multiple magnetic fields that allow for precise localization of anatomy. Your job, as a patient, is to hold as still as possible. Motion is the enemy of an MRI; the more still the patient, the sharper the images.
Most MRI studies take between 15-30 minutes to complete. Once the exam is finished, the technologist will escort you back to the waiting room. We will provide a free copy of your images, in CD format, for your provider to review upon your next appointment. The images will be interpreted by a fellowship-trained, board-certified radiologist within 24 business hours.
What Do My Results Mean?
Your results will be interpreted by our expert fellowship-trained board-certified Radiologist. A report will be sent out to your physician typically the same day. During your visit, the procedure will be explained in detail by our expert technologists so that you can mentally prepare. During the 3T MRI’s Rockville MD by The Radiology Clinic, we strive to communicate effectively with our patients. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
What Makes The Radiology Clinic Different?
The Radiology Clinic offers multiple technological advantages to our patients. First and foremost, our radiologists are intimately involved with the scanning process to assure that we are able to provide the most appropriate imaging techniques to address the reason your exam is being performed.
All of our MRI exams are performed using high field, high-resolution machines. We carefully choose coils (think of them as small cameras) to assure that your images are of the highest quality.
If you are nervous about small spaces, we offer Wide-Open Bore technology. Many patients are claustrophobic but need the quality of a high field magnet for diagnosis. At The Radiology Clinic, you get the best of both worlds. Our high field magnets offer the resolution of a traditional closed machine with the spacious aspects of an open magnet. As you can see from the image below, there is a tremendous amount of room within the bore.