Magnetic resonance imaging
Call us with questions regarding your MRI.
(MRI) is a diagnostic imaging technology that uses a
strong magnet and radio waves to produce pictures or images of your internal body
organs and structures.
Because MRI enables your physician to see inside your body from any angle with great
clarity, it provides detailed information more quickly and, in many cases,
more economically than past tests and exploratory surgeries.
At the Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center, our MRI Department has an unique Cinemavision entertainment center making your MRI entertaining, relaxing and enjoyable. Learn More »
If any of the following items applies to you, call us at 336-476-2544 so
that we may make arrangements for you before your appointment:
- Cardiac pacemaker
- Shrapnel or intact bullet
- Aneurysm clips
Eye implants, metal ear implants or metal implants activated electronically, magnetically
- If you now have or have ever had metal chips in your eye(s)
- Weight over 300 pounds
- Penile implants.
- Your MRI exam will be quite simple and painless.
- A technologist will help
you get positioned on a padded table.
- We will ensure that you are as comfortable
as possible due to the length of time required for the scan. Exams last anywhere
from 30 minutes to one hour.
- The MRI scanner is cylindrical and is approximately
six feet long. The part of the body to be scanned must be placed in the center of
the magnet (cylinder). For some exams, you will be placed in the magnet head-first,
and for other exams feet-first.
- You will be asked to remain very still. On some
abdominal scans, you may be asked to hold your breath. Detailed instructions will
be given by the technologist.
- Some MRI exams require an injection of contrast dye. If this is necessary, the technologist will tell you.
- During the scan,
you will hear a rather loud tapping noise. Do not be alarmed as this is normal.
Due to the noise level, you will be given ear plugs.
- Before entering the scan
room, you will be asked to remove all metal objects from your person. It is important
that you inform the technologist of any implants, such as a pacemaker, prosthesis,
or surgical clips or if you have had metal removed from your eyes (example: welding
accident). It is very important to remove materials that may be affected by the
magnet, such as coins, keys, hair pins, watches and credit cards. You will be provided a locker to safely lock these items away.
- Parents will not be allowed to remain
in the scan room with a patient who requires sedation.