Our Musculoskeletal MRI and Imaging services offer:
Our 1.5 Tesla High Field, Short Bore GE with MRI technology, is notable for providing diagnostically superior images when compared to other units.
MRI: A fast, simple examination Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a safe, totally painless way for your provider to look into your body without radiation or x-rays. The pictures created during the exam provide sophisticated soft tissue images that can improve the diagnosis.
What is the difference between MRI and X-ray?
An x-ray uses radiation to look at the bones. An MRI is a way to look into the body without x-rays and provides much more detailed information of the nerves, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. The exam uses radiofrequency and a magnetic field to create soft tissue images of the body.
How is the MRI performed?
You will be asked to lie on a sliding table and the technologist will position you comfortably. You will be asked to remain still during the examination.
What do I need to do during the exam?
Just lie on the table and relax. Depending on the type of exam you are having, the exam will take approximately 30 to 90 minutes. You will be provided with ear protection to wear during the exam to protect your ears from the loud acoustic noise produced by the magnetic field gradient. An audible sound, perceived as a click, buzz, chirp, or knocking, can be heard during the exam.
Will I have an injection?
Sometimes, if your physician decides it is necessary. You will know about any injections before your scheduled exam as prior lab work may be required.
How should I prepare for the MRI exam?
You can eat, drink, and take regularly prescribed medications prior to the exam. If you will be having a leg exam, you can bring shorts to wear. Otherwise you may be asked to change into a hospital gown to avoid any possibility of interference from metal in zippers and fasteners.
What if I have more questions?
Your provider or the MRI technologist will answer any questions you may have or you may call (603) 742-2007 with additional questions.
Tell your provider if you think you are pregnant or if you have:
Seacoast Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
7 Marsh Brook Drive
Somersworth, New Hampshire 03878
Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Office: (603) 742-2007
Fax: (603) 749-4605
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