What is an MRI?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an advanced medical imaging technique that produces cross-sectional images of the body without the use of X-rays. The images are produced using a large magnet, radio frequency waves, and a computer system.
KVH Hospital uses state-of-the-art MRI equipment that provides a safe and effective way to diagnose diseases, infections, and inflammatory conditions of the spine, brain, blood vessels, chest, abdomen, pelvis and skeleton.
How to Prepare
Patients with pacemakers cannot have an MRI study. Follow the exam instructions provided by your practitioner or call 509.962.7343 for instructions.
What to Expect
You will be positioned on a padded table that moves in and out of a tunnel-like structure of the MRI. Once you are comfortable, the technician will leave the room, but will constantly communicate with you during the imaging process.
The scanner makes clanging noises and you may experience some vibration. Patients are given ear plugs and a music selection of their choice to help muffle the loud noises coming from the scanner.
The duration of the test depends on the area of the body that is being imaged. Most MRI studies take approximately 45- 60 minutes.