What is MRI?
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 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 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.