Columbus Diagnostic Imaging features the Hitachi Airis Elite open MRI.
When compared to general x-rays or CT exams, an MRI shows
superior soft tissue contrast resolution. There is no radiation
involved in an MRI exam and there is capability to scan multiplanes
without patient movement. When getting an exam in MRI, patients may be asked to change clothes,
depending on the exam. We encourage patients to wear clothes without
Suggestions for Patients Scheduled for MRI:
The technologist will review symptoms with the patient since this sometimes changes how an exam is done. The patient is then positioned in a coil around the body part that is being imaged then placed in the magnet. The tech explains the procedure and answers any questions or concerns the patient may have. Most exams take 45 minutes to an hour to complete. During this time, the patient must lie very still. However, they remain in direct communication with the tech at all times.
- Wear clothing without metal: zippers,
snaps, etc. Gowns are available.
- Eat or drink and take regular medications
the day of the exam. Any pain medications a patient might have
should be taken 1 hour prior to scheduled time.
- Patients having head or neck studies will
be asked to remove dentures or other non-permanent dental work
just before the exam.
- All jewelry, with the exception of rings,
will need to be removed.
- Patients may bring a tape or CD to be
played during their exam.
- Each, study lasts an average of 45-60
- Patients should arrive 10-15 minutes
early for registration.
- Patients should bring any pertaining X-rays or previous studies.