Using radio waves, powerful magnetic fields, and a state-of-the-art computer, our magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in International Falls produces clear images of ligaments, soft tissues, cartilage, internal organs, and other body structures. Thanks to MRI, doctors can easily diagnose back, knee, shoulder, and neck injuries, as well as detect brain and spinal cord issues and breast cancer.
The MRI Test: What to Expect?
On the day of your appointment, please arrive 15 minutes earlier to complete any paperwork and answer medical history questionnaires. If you have any special conditions, we recommend discussing them with your doctor first before proceeding with the MRI.
During the test, technicians will lay you down on a padded examination table attached to the magnet’s center. The procedure is painless; you will only hear intermittent thumping sounds during the test. In case of concerns, contact the MRI technicians through a special intercom.
Average procedures take 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the body structures being viewed. It is important that you remain completely still during the scan to prevent compromising image quality. Our technician will be on hand to assist you after the scan is completed.
The turnaround time for MRI scan results depends on the availability of our radiologists. We can usually interpret the scan and write a report within 24 hours.
Are There Any Restrictions?
We allow patients to eat before the exam, but we also recommend staying away from caffeine. Your caffeine intake may keep you from staying still for several minutes at a time. You can also take normal medications before and after the appointment.
If you have questions or concerns about our MRI services in International Falls, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Talk to us today.