MRI Exam

Prairie Lakes offers a high field traditional 1.5 Excite GE scanner.  The traditional high field scanner is tube-shaped with flared openings at both ends. A recent software upgrade provides us with the ability to scan multiple exams in a short amount of time, while still providing high resolution images. When your exam is complete, a board-certified Radiologist from CRL will interpret the scan and provide a written report of the findings to your referring physician within 24-48 hours.

How it works

Magnetic Resonance Imagings (MRI) are formed using two natural forces – magnetic fields and radio waves – to create a detailed, clear picture of your body that includes structures not visible with traditional x-rays. MRI exams are painless, and, unlike x-rays and other imaging technologies, MRI does not use radiation. MRI has become a preferred method by doctors for diagnosing potential problems in many different parts of the body. It is useful for examining soft tissue such as organs, muscles, cartilage, ligaments, tendons and bones. MRI is used primarily to evaluate the brain, spine and joints and is useful in diagnosing problems in the breasts, chest, abdomen and pelvis.

What can I expect during my MRI exam?

The MRI technologist will position you on the padded table that will move into the opening of the magnet. Whichever part of your body is being scanned will need to be in the middle of the scanner.  Once the scan begins, you will hear some loud knocking/buzzing type of sounds and you may feel some vibration. Your technologist will provide either music or earplugs depending on the exam being performed. Should you become uncomfortable or need help, just speak out loud. There is a built in intercom system so staff can see you and hear you the entire exam.

MRI and metal don't mix

The MRI system has a powerful magnet inside, so you need to:

  • Inform your referring doctor or the technologist if you have:
    • A cardiac pacemaker
    • An artificial heart valve or stent
    • A metal plate, pin, or other metallic implant
    • A cochlear implant or hearing aid
    • Aneurysm clips

And if you have questions, don't hesitate to contact your physician or the Radiology Department at Prairie Lakes at 605-882-7770.

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