What is an MRI/MR?
An MRI (or MR) is a specialized diagnostic test that utilizes advanced digital systems to take pictures of internal organs and structures of the body. This scan combines powerful magnetic fields, radio waves, and computerized technology to create cross-sectional images of specific areas on the body, like the head, chest, abdomen, and pelvis. An MRI is unique because unlike a traditional X-ray, it is able to capture images of the soft tissues (tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and bone marrow). Call Imaging at Valley View in Glenwood Springs, Colorado to schedule your MRI and to learn more from our elite team.
MRI for Children
Imaging at Valley View also offers MRI scans for children. The comfort of you and your child is extremely important to us. We will instruct your son or daughter with the utmost care and make our best effort to keep them relaxed and comfortable throughout the entire process. Our team has been doing this for years, and you can rest assured that your child is in very good hands.
Why is it used?
An MRI is used to help capture images of the soft tissues so your doctor can fully visualize specific areas of concern to determine what is going on and how you can move toward treatment. MRIs are especially ideal for diagnosing problems in the brain or spinal cord, diseases in the eyes or ears, injuries of the shoulders, neck, or back, and issues with your joints or tendons. This scan can also capture the size and location of tumors.
How do I prepare?
Patients should wear loose-fitting clothing with no metal fasteners to their exam. If necessary, a hospital gown will be provided depending on the area being examined. Jewelry, watches, and metal hairpins should also be left at home. Fasting instructions will vary per patient, depending on the location of the exam area and if any dyes are needed for your MRI/MR. Instructions on drinking and eating will be provided by our office prior to your test so you know what to expect.
Our technologists will have you lie down comfortably on a cushioned bed and may inject a contrast medium, like gadolinium, to highlight certain soft tissues of the focused area. This process helps differentiate between healthy and unhealthy tissue. The bed will then be slowly guided into a donut-shaped machine. Our registered technologists will be in constant contact with you throughout your exam to guide you through what you should expect. If you get anxious in small spaces speak with your primary care provider about medications before the scan.
Benefits and Risks?
An MRI does not expose you to any radiation, which makes it one of the safest scans we perform. On rare occasions, it's possible to have a mild allergic reaction to the contrast solution that is administered for your exam. Symptoms may include metal taste, itching, hives, or in extremely rare cases, anaphylaxis. An MRI is a state-of-the-art diagnostic tool that can catch various health concerns and diseases in the soft tissues that can't be seen on a typical X-ray.
Imaging at Valley View is excited to offer modern medical care to the regional community. We also work diligently to provide convenient appointments for you and your family so you can get the prompt care you need. Call our radiology team at Valley View to schedule your exam. Countless patients choose Valley View because of our unparalleled customer care and we are honored at every opportunity we get to serve local men and women.