MRI / MRA Services
Our state-of-the-art MRI and MRA services are performed onsite at our Greenville office location. This technology provides the clearest and most precise image of brain, cervical, lumbar and thoracic spine in order to provide quick and accurate diagnosis. Unlike other imaging modalities that require the use of radiation, MRI uses a strong magnet field and radio waves to create an image and has no known harmful effects. Another type of MRI, Magnetic Resonance Angiogram is used to diagnose abnormalities in the arteries of the brain. This may be used in conjunction with an MRI for patients experiencing unexplained headaches and provides useful information regarding problems with the blood vessels that may be causing reduced blood flow. MRA imaging focuses on the head and neck.
Common MRI Questions:
Q: How does the MRI machine work?
A: The machine measures the radio waves sent through your body by a strong magnetic field in order to create a picture of the inside of your body.
Q: Why do I have to have an MRI?
A: An MRI is the fastest, most accurate way for your doctor to detect abnormalities, including their location and what tissues are involved.
Q: How can I prepare?
A: Most of the time, there is no need to restrict your diet or regular routine. You can take regularly scheduled medications unless there are specific instructions. If there is any need for further preparation, instructions will be given to you at the time of making your appointment. If you are claustrophobic, please speak with your physician. We do not offer sedatives onsite at the time of the appointment.
Q: Are there any restrictions for an MRI?
A: Yes, and your physician will go over all of these before making your appointment. Because the MRI machine uses a strong magnetic field, which will move objects made with iron or steel, let your doctor know if you have:
A neurostimulator (TENS unit)
Steel surgical staples or clips
An implanted drug infusion device
Any implant made partially or wholly of iron or steel
If you're pregnant, please let the doctor know.
Surgically removable piercings