What does MRI stand for?
MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

What is the difference between MRI and CT /CAT scan (Computed Axial Tomography)?
CAT scans are better used for images of the bones, and are good for examining the skull, sinuses, chest, abdomen and pelvis.
MRIs are useful in producing images of the soft tissues of the body.  They can produce images of the brain, spine, sensory and neural parts of the body, joints and soft tissue organs in the abdomen and pelvis.

How much radiation will I get from the MRI?
An MRI machine uses radio frequency waves and magnets in order to create images for diagnosis.  Unlike the CAT scan, NO radiation is used.  Similar to a CAT scan, the patient is placed in a long cylinder, which is a large magnet.  The machine collects and produces the required images after about a half-hour.

How do I prepare myself for an MRI?
Please wear clothing without any metal zippers, hooks, or buttons.  We offer scrubs as an option as well.  We have lockers where your clothing and valuables will be safe during the MRI scan.  You can even take the non-ferromagnetic locker key into the MRI room during your scan.  You will be allowed to eat/drink or take your medicines as usual unless otherwise directed.

What if I am claustrophobic?
Your ordering physician can call in a prescription of oral sedation into your local pharmacy.  You can take the medicine prior to your appointment time.  A driver would be required.  Since we are an outpatient facility, we do not provide general anesthesia. 

Is music provided during my scan?
You may choose from over 175 XM satellite radio stations, or bring a CD with you.

What if I have surgically implanted metal in my body, am I still safe for a MRI? 
MRI safety is of the utmost importance and we will review a safety checklist with you prior to entering the MRI room.  Most surgically implanted metal is safe (e.g. screws, plates, pins, joint replacements, crowns). 
*if you have a pacemaker, aneurysm clips, or cochlear implants please call prior to your appointment. 

What if I’ve had metal removed from my eyes?
If you have a history of metal in your eyes, please call Advanced MRI at (309)665-0640 prior to your appointment. You may require x-ray screening of your orbits to ensure that the MRI can be performed safely.