Open Air MRI of Lake Charles - Things to Know

Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, is a diagnostic procedure used to create images of the inside of the human body. Unlike other techniques, MRI uses no ionizing radiation. Instead it combines a strong magnetic field and radio waves to produce signals (echoes) that are collected and then reconstructed on a computer to generate images.

How do I prepare for an MRI exam?

There is no special preparation required prior to your MRI exam. You may eat and drink normally. You should continue to take any medications prescribed by your doctor unless otherwise advised. We will provide you with a comfortable garment or gown to wear. This will eliminate any magnetic interference from metallic objects such as belt buckles, zippers, and buttons. If you prefer to wear your own clothing during your scan, please remember to wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes with no metal clasps, snaps, buttons or trim. You may be asked to remove make-up before starting your exam as it sometimes interferes with the MRI exam and degrades image quality. Items such as coins, credit cards, glasses, hair pins, hearing aids, dentures, jewelry, keys and other metal objects frequently interfere with the magnetic field. Because of this, you will be asked to leave such items in a secure place outside the scan room. We have safe and secure locker for your personal belongings.

You should check with your physician or MRI technologist if you have had any brain, ear, or eye surgeries. It is extremely important to notify your doctor and the MRI technologist if you have any of the following:

Bullet Aneurysm clips
Bullet Intrauterine Device (IUD)
Bullet Pacemaker
Bullet Shrapnel or bullet wounds
Bullet Metal objects in the eye
Bullet Metal implants of any kind
Bullet Permanent eyeliner
Bullet Currently are pregnant
Bullet Implanted drug infusion device
Bullet Neurostimulator (TENS unit)
Bullet Surgical staples


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