July 7, 2008 at 12:45 PM CDT - Updated July 26 at 3:15 AM
Comanche County Memorial Hospital Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Department
Comanche County Memorial Hospital provides comprehensive imaging utilizing a pair of state of the art MRI scanners. The General Electric 0.7T OpenSpeed, open architecture-allows for scanning of any body part, while providing open air technology for the larger or claustrophobic patient. The GE 1.5T Signa Echo-Speed Plus Octane system also provides scanning for any body part as well as vascular studies.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging creates an image by using a very powerful magnetic field and radio waves. MRI is used to visualize strokes, tumors, slipped discs and many other pathologies.
If your doctor schedules you for an MRI, there is really no preparation for the exam. You don't have to remain NPO or drink anything prior, it is a good suggestion to wear soft clothing, such as sweatpants or scrubs(clothing without metal snaps or zippers). You will be asked to fill out an MRI safety questionnaire-this is to find out medical history and also to ensure there are no contraindications for having an MRI scan. You cannot have an MRI if you have a pacemaker, a recent stent placed, brain aneurysm clips, etc. You will be provided with earplugs or earphones; the scanner makes a loud noise while the actual images are being produced. The exam could take 30 minutes to an 1 hour but you will feel nothing. Sometimes it is necessary to inject you with MRI contrast(dye) via an I.V. catheter. This will be explained to you by the technologist. After the exam is complete, the images will transmitted to the radiologist via computer and a report is generated usually within 24 hours.
All the MRI technologists at CCMH are certified in MRI, Cat Scan, and Radiology by the ARRT(The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.