Common MRI Studies

  • Brain
  • Spine
  • Heart
  • Liver
  • Male and female reproductive organs
  • Pancreas
  • Other soft tissues

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) combines a powerful magnet with an advanced computer system and radio waves to produce accurate, detailed images of organs, tissues, muscles, joints and blood vessels to diagnose a variety of medical conditions. An MRI is painless, non-invasive and free of radiation. Because detailed images can be acquired from any angle, MRI is excellent in detecting most malignancies and neurological diseases of the brain, spine and pelvis. It’s also widely used with sports-related injuries, especially those affecting the knee, shoulder, hip, elbow and wrist. Exams of the organs of the chest and abdomen, can identify tumors and functional disorders.

Your MRI Exam.

Because an MRI uses a strong magnetic field, advise us if you have a pacemaker, artificial heart valve, aneurysm clips, cochlear implants, a neurostimulator, metal pins/ plates/implants, foreign metal objects in your eye, an implanted drug infusion device, or if you are pregnant.

An MRI requires no special preparation. During the exam, you will lie on a comfortable table that will slide on a track into the scanner. A special coil may be used which will be placed around the area of your body to be scanned and will help isolate the imaging procedure.

If Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) has been ordered by your physician, a contrast material may be administered through an IV in your arm. MRA is used to highlight certain blood vessels in the body to identify abnormalities such as aneurysms.

MR Arthrography is the study of a joint, such as the shoulder, knee, or wrist in which contrast material is placed into the joint. Once the contrast material is in place, images of the joint are obtained. The images are then evaluated by a radiologist for cartilage, ligament, and tendon problems in and around the joint. MR arthrography is more accurate and provides more information than a conventional MRI scan in many instances involving joints.

Once an MR exam begins, a Technologist will be able to talk to you through a microphone on the outside of the exam room. While the MRI scanner is running, you will hear several loud knocking sounds. We will provide you with earphones for listening to music during the exam to make you more comfortable.

Most MRI scans take between 30 - 45 minutes.

Next Steps.

Following your MRI study, one of our Radiologists will interpret your exam and provide a report to your physician. Your physician will call you when the report has been received and will discuss the results with you.

MRI Exams are Performed at:

Ponahawai Office - 3T MRI

HRA West Office - 1.5T MRI

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