Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI or MR) is one of the safest, most comfortable imaging techniques available. It combines a powerful magnet with an advanced computer system and radio waves to produce accurate, detailed pictures of your bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, joints, and other connective tissue . MRI is a noninvasive way for your doctor to examine your injury. MRI is widely used to diagnose sport-related injuries, especially those affecting the knee, shoulder, hip, elbow and wrist. The images allow Dr. Marc Pietropaoli and the other providers at Victory Sports Medicine & Orthopedics to see even very small tears and injuries to ligaments and muscles.
Open MRI - Victory Sports Medicine & Orthopedics:
The Open MRI at Victory Sports Medicine & Orthopedics was designed with patient comfort in mind. It features a pavilion-style shielding system. This allows for the MRI technologist to be in the same room as the patient during the scan. It’s a scanner with an open style magnet that has no “tunnel effect.” This gives us the added ability to accommodate claustrophobic patients who cannot be scanned in other systems.
Your choice of music is also provided to help you relax during the MRI exam. If need be, in most instances, a family member or friend can accompany the patient into the scan room.
- Board certified, fellowship trained Radiologists
- Facility accreditated by the American College of Radiology
- Convenient, same day appointments
- Quiet, comfortable & safe setting
- Fast turnaround and accurate reports
- Less cost compared to hospitals
The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) seal means that the Victory Sports Medicine & Orthopedics Open MRI facility has met the highest level of imaging quality and radiation safety. Our facility and its personnel have gone through a rigorous and comprehensive review to earn accreditation status by the IAC, a 25-year-old imaging accrediting body providing peer review processes for multiple imaging modalities within the medical community
Victory Sports Medicine & Orthopedics has partnered with ProScan Reading Services. The ProScan radiology team is comprised of highly specialized, board-certified, and fellowship-trained radiologists. ProScan has one of the most extensive case experiences in the world and are recognized experts in all facets of advanced imaging, including orthopaedics and sports medicine.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is MR imaging?
A: MRI is a way of looking inside the body without x-rays. The MRI exam uses radiowaves and a magnetic field to create digital images of the soft tissues of the body.
How is the MRI performed?
A: You will be asked to lay on a table and the technologist will position you comfortably. The table will be slid sideways into the open magnet. Only the extremity being imaged will be in the magnet opening, so your head and body will remain outside the magnet. You will be asked to remain still during the MRI examination.
How long will the MRI exam take?
A: Most MRI exams take less than an hour to complete.
What do MR images look like?
A: MR images look a lot like a conventional x-ray; however, they provide much more detailed information. Your provide will review the images and the Radiologist report with you during your follow-up visit after the MRI exam.
How should I prepare for the MRI exam?
A: You can eat, drink and take regularly-prescribed medications prior to the MRI exam. If you will be having a leg exam, you can bring some shorts to wear. If you are female and will be having an arm exam or an exam of an upper body part, we recommend that you wear or bring a tank top.
Prior to the MRI exam, you will be asked to remove your watch, credit cards, jewelry, keys, pocket knife, hearing aid, or any other metal objects before approaching the MRI machine. The magnet could affect the items of this type and/or the items could affect the magnet.
What do I need to do during the MRI exam?
A: Nothing! Just lie on the exam table and relax. You will be free to read, listen to the music or sleep during the MRI exam.
Will I feel anything during the MRI exam?
A: No, there is no pain, vibration or unusual sensation. The MRI will produce a mild tapping sound during the exam. However, we provide your choice of music to listen to during the MRI exam.