MRI produces computer-generated high-resolution detailed images of the body’s internal organs and allows the radiologist to view healthy and abnormal tissues.
MRI is non-invasive and uses radio waves to view the anatomy. MRI does not use ionizing radiation or x-rays.
At times, some patients will require an injection of a contrast agent, to provide improved contrast of the body’s internal organs and anatomy. An intravenous or intra articular contrast injection may be performed, with a pharmaceutical contrast agent, which contains Gadolinium. Gadolinium is extremely safe contrast agent with minimal side effects or adverse reactions. Gadolinium is not a radioactive agent.
MRIs may be performed at our 3T wide bore MRI at our Stamford Health Darien Imaging Center, 1.5T wide bore MRI at Tully Health Center in Stamford, or the 1.5T wide bore MRI at Stamford Hospital.
For additional MRI information, you may visit www.radiologyinfo.org or call our caring staff at (203) 276-4311.
Once scheduled for an MRI, our office will call you and give you detailed instruction on how to prepare for your exam.
General guidelines are as follows:
Arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled time.
Drink plenty of water to ensure proper hydration (plain water only, no sports drinks or flavored water).
No caffeine (coffee, cola, tea).
Regular prescribed medication can be taken with water.
No jewelry or watches can be worn. Please leave these valuables at home.
Please wear warm and loose fitting clothing that has no metal.
If wearing a bra, wear a sports bra with no metal.
If you are diabetic, please notify our office prior to your scheduled appointment.