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Specialties & Procedures


  • Anesthesiology
  • ENT
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Pain Management
  • Podiatry
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

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Three Gables MRI Center FAQ

Q: What is MRI?
A: MRI, or Magnetic Resonance Imaging, is a dynamic way for doctors to diagnose certain diseases. MRI doesn't rely on x-rays. Instead it uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create high resolution images of the body.

Q: What does MRI see?
A: MRI has become a preferred method for diagnosing potential problems in many different parts of the body. While x-rays are best for showing bones, MRI creates pictures that can show differences between healthy and unhealthy tissue. Doctors use MRI to examine soft tissue, such as organs, muscle, cartilage, ligaments and tendons. MRI is helpful for looking at the brain, spinal column, breast, abdomen, pelvic region, and joints.

Q: What is the MRI procedure like?
A: The examination itself is performed in a room that houses the MRI equipment. You will be asked to lie down on a comfortably padded table that gently glides you into the MRI device. While the scanner is operating, you will hear some humming and occasional thumping sounds. These are normal and should not worry you. In some cases, your doctor may request that you receive an injection of a contrast agent to give a clearer picture of the area being examined. Most exams last between 30 and 45 minutes, although some may take 60 minutes. You will be told ahead of time how long your scan is expected to take. Our underbore MRI will give you a spacious and comfortable environment.

Q: When will you know results?
A: Once your MRI exam is completed, a radiologist will look over the pictures and interpret them for your doctor. You should contact your doctor within a day or two of your scan to make an appointment to go over the results and discuss any next steps.