MRI’s often present many questions. What are they? How do they work? Why do they make such weird noises? How much radiation will I be exposed to? We’ve taken the time to answer your questions about the MRI process. We’ve noticed that there are two common misconceptions about MRI’s, and we’re looking to debunk these myths.
All MRI machines are created equal.
We cannot stress how incorrect this statement is. Think of your MRI results as a picture, and the machine as the camera. In order to determine a diagnosis of the part being scanned, a clear and high quality image must be produced. In order to produce a sharper, higher quality image, you’ll need a higher quality camera. Anyone who’s used a cheap point and shoot camera and then picked up a DSLR can tell you that not all cameras are the same, and likewise not all MRI machines are the same. For ailments that require better imaging, more advanced MRI machines are needed to create a better image.
People who have had joint replacement can’t get an MRI.
Before getting an MRI, there’s often an emphasis placed on completely removing any metal on the body including piercings, belts, and zippers on jeans. Anything that’s metal must be removed before someone can enter the MRI machine because metal in the magnets can interfere with the scanning process. This causes concern for people who have had procedures such as joint replacements done where the implanted devices could contain metal. For the most part, medical devices such as these are not affected by the magnetic field of the MRI machine and do not create a problem when scanned. Patients undergoing MRI’s who have had medical implants should discuss the scan with their doctor prior to the MRI procedure to ensure that it is safe.
Keep these myths in mind before you schedule an MRI for yourself. To ensure your MRI scan is the highest quality, visit us at Clovis Open MRI!