Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Schuylkill Medical Imaging
Siemens Symphony features:
  • 1.5T high field closed
  • Leading edge syngo Software
  • Complete 3D imaging
Siemens Concerto features:
  • Horizontal loading for maximum ease
  • Open on three sides for a panoramic 270° view
  • Patient table accommodates up to 200kg/440 lb. patient weight
  • Family members can sit close to their children
  • Schuylkill County's only OPEN MRI
The difference between open MRI and closed MRI?
Closed MRI
A closed MRI is a perfect system for those who are not claustrophobic and can withstand a long time within the machine. This system gives clear accurate information but is not for every patient.

Open MRI
An Open MRI is just as accurate as a closed system but appeals to a lot more patients. As the name indicates an Open MRI is an open system that doesn’t use the tube like design. This makes a MRI scan a lot more comfortable for claustrophobic and geriatric patients, children, and senior citizens. Also an open MRI is much more inviting and convenient then a closed system. These systems are not as limited by the size of the patient and offer more unity to the general public.
How Do I Choose?

The decision of what MRI to use is going to boil down to what you prefer. Talk to your doctor about what choice will be best for you and will produce the results for your needs. If you tend to get nervous in small spaces then maybe an Open MRI is the choice for you. Also if you have a child or are a larger patient then maybe a limited size Closed MRI can cause stress and make the scan last longer than it needs to be.

MRI Scans are a very safe and effective test that can be lifesaving. If your doctor sends you to get an MRI scan discuss which type you should go to. Each recommendation will be custom to each patient and will vary depending on your preferences.

MRI Procedures

  • Brain
  • Brain stem
  • IAC
  • Orbits
  • Pituitary
  • Sinus
  • Soft tissue neck
  • TMJ
  • Cervical
  • Thoracic
  • Lumbar
  • Brachial plexus
  • Chest
  • Abdomen
  • Kidney
  • Liver
  • Hips
  • Pelvis (boney)
  • Pelvis (tissue)
  • Sacroiliac joints
  • Sacrum
  • Coccyx
  • Extremity digit(s)
  • Lower extremity
  • Lower joint
  • Upper extremity
  • Upper joint
  • Head
  • Neck
  • Head

Patient Preperation

Some questions you may be asked before having MR imaging may include:

  • Are you pregnant or is there a possibility that you may be pregnant?
  • Are you allergic to any medication?
  • Have you had any head surgery?
  • Have you had heart or vascular surgery?
  • What surgery, if any, have you had?
  • Have you ever had joint surgery or joint replacement?
You may also be asked specific questions such as:

  • Do you have any objects implanted in your body (such as an artificial hip)?
  • Do you have a heart pacemaker?
  • Do you have a "porta-cath" device?
  • Do you have an artificial heart valve?
  • Do you have an intrauterine device (IUD)?
  • Do you have a neuro stimulator (Tens-unit)?
  • Do you have any metal plates, pins or screws in your body?
  • Do you have any surgical staples or aneurysm clips in your body?
  • Do you have permanent eyeliner?
  • Do you have a tattoo?
  • Have you ever had a bullet wound or been hit by shrapnel?
  • Have you ever worked with metal?

Note: Patients with an implanted metal device or other metal in their body that is susceptible to the MR system's magnetic field (such as those items listed above) could possibly not receive an MR imaging examination. If there is a possibility that a patient may have some metal or metal fragments in his or her body, a screening x-ray can help to determine if an MR exam will be possible

Patient preparation may require that you change into a comfortable and lightweight medical scrubs to allow imaging free from disturbance or artifacts caused by the fabric, zippers or buttons in your clothing. You may also be asked to remove:

  • jewelry or watches
  • hairpins or hair clips
  • keys, coins, wallets or credit cards
  • eyeglasses
  • hearing aids
  • removable dental work
  • belts and buckles
  • smartphones

MRI Frequently Asked Questions

What is MRI?
MRI is a non-invasive imaging technology that produces three dimensional detailed anatomical images without the use of damaging radiation. It is often used for disease detection, diagnosis, and treatment monitoring. It is based on sophisticated technology that excites and detects the change in the direction of the rotational axis of protons found in the water that makes up living tissues.
What are the advantages of MRI?
Some of the advantages of MRI are:
  • Earlier detection of disease or injury, making earlier treatment possible
  • No exposure to X-rays or radioactive substances
  • It is painless, accurate, quick and safe
  • No known side effects
How does a patient prepare for the exam?
Patients should continue with their normal activities, eat light meals, and take any prescribed medications as usual. If possible avoid wearing clothes that have metal buckles, buttons or zippers. Do not use hair spray or eye makeup and please bring your insurance information with you, along with any previous X-rays or imaging studies of the area to be examined.
What will the exam be like?
The patient will be met by our MRI technologist who will be performing the examination. The technologist has completed a rigorous course of education and training, and they work under close supervision of the radiologist to assure the most accurate results from your examination.

The technologist will position and secure the patient on the imaging table. It is important that the patient be secured, because even the slightest movement during the exam can blur the image and result in the need for repeated scans.

The technologist will have the patient in full view at all times during the examination. The technologist and the patient will be in constant communication via a two-way microphone for the length of the examination. The patient will not feel a thing, but may hear the hum of the equipment as the images are being produced.

The patient may be given an intravenous contrast medium, gadolinium to highlight certain abnormalities and blood vessels. The contrast medium at other times, contrast may be given by mouth or rectum for gastrointestinal applications.
How long will the exam take?
The exam usually takes from 30 minutes. Time may vary significantly, depending on the nature of the study.
When will the patient know the results?
The radiologist will study your films and report the findings to the referring physician within 24 hours. The referring physician will discuss the MRI results with the patient.