Having an MRI scan can be the first step in recovery from pain and discomfort, and can help you get back to your normal life.
What is an MRI?
In simple terms, an MRI is a medical imaging machine that helps identify any abnormalities in your body, abnormalities that may not be picked up by standard patient imaging techniques.
MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging. An MRI machine uses a magnetic field and radio frequencies to undertake scans of the body. Unlike Bayside x-rays and CT scans, an MRI does not use ionizing radiation to produce these scans, making it a much healthier procedure.
MRI scans produce detailed 3D computer images of the human body. These images are so detailed that medical and health practitioners can use an MRI to identify injuries and, in many cases, determine the severity of the injury.
Musculoskeletal MRI scans, such as those provided by Bayside Standing MRI, can help with common injuries and pain to the back, neck, hip, knee, ankle, foot, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand.
What makes a standing MRI better?
The difference between the standard MRI machine and the standing MRI, as used by Bayside MRI, is relatively simple and also vital. A limitation of the standard MRI is that patients need to be lying down.
A standing MRI can produce its detailed 3D computer images with the patient in an upright position. By placing you in an upright weight-bearing position, we can often help better identify the origin and severity of an injury, and we may be able to assess the part that posture plays in your injury.
In summary, we can often highlight issues that a standard MRI cannot.
What’s involved in having an MRI?
An MRI will not cause you any undue pain or ill effect. In fact, one of the benefits of the standing MRI is that it’s more open than the traditional MRI, which makes it a friendlier proposition for those who suffer from claustrophobia or a similar anxiety.
All we’ll ask you to do is remove items such as mobile phones, credit cards, jewelry and any other metallic objects, as these items can interfere with the MRI’s magnets and affects the quality of the images.
You’ll need about 45 minutes to complete an MRI scan and for the vast majority of people this is an easy, comfortable experience. There is a small amount of noise – this is the electromagnetic scanner in operation – but it’s not loud and noise protection is not required for most scans.