What is MRI?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging, commonly known as MRI, allows physicians to view soft tissues (muscles, fat, internal organs, vascular system) without surgery, producing significantly better images than other imaging exams. An MRI is used to view internal body structures using combinations of radio waves and magnetic fields. No x-ray or ionizing radiation of any kind is needed to perform an MRI.
Radiology Associates of Ocala has the latest, most advanced technology to benefit patients by offering you quality images to assist your clinician in your diagnosis and treatment plan. The latest MRI designs were created with your comfort in mind.
What types of MRI does RAO offer and where are they offered?
RAO offers both open and high field MRI. RAO offers high performance open MRI at TimberRidge Imaging Center. RAO provides high-field MRI services at the Medical Imaging Center and Medical Imaging Center at Windsor Oaks. Your clinician will determine which MRI is best for you.
What to Expect
During an MRI exam, you will lie on a moveable exam table that will slowly move into the machine. This procedure is non-invasive and there is no pain associated with this exam. Some of the common distractions or discomforts include the loud tapping noises that are often made by the machine or the close proximity to the MRI machine. For patients who are claustrophobic or who become uncomfortable in these situations, they may be prescribed a mild sedative to be taken before the exam.
You also may notice a warm feeling in the area being studied. This is normal but you should not be afraid to communicate to the technologist if it bothers you. A technologist will always be available, monitoring you throughout the exam if any concerns arise.
To maximize your comfort throughout the exam, music systems are in place with headphones. Patients are welcome to bring a CD of their choice to listen to during the exam. For additional comfort, a family member or friend may accompany young or elderly patients during the MRI. Companion must be 18 or older and must be screened before entering the exam room.
What can I expect if a contrast agent is needed?
Some MRI studies require the use of a contrast agent to help distinguish and better visualize certain images. This contrast agent will be injected into a vein in the arm. After the images have been taken, our radiologists will review the study and send a report to your clinician.
If you need sedation for claustrophobia, you must have someone else drive you to and from your exam. We call all patients one to three days before their appointment to confirm your appointment time and to determine the patient's physical eligibility for an MRI. If you are unable to receive our call or if you have any questions, please call us at (352) 671-4300.
- Do not wear jewelry
- Do not wear anything with metal (zippers, snaps, hooks.) Athletic wear with elastic waistband is a good choice.
- Patients having an MRI of the head or neck should not wear makeup.