MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
MRI Studies Offered:
- Spine (Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar)
- Soft Tissue Neck
At iCare MRI - Diagnostic Imaging in Brooklyn Center, MN, we utilize a
"short bore" 1.5 tesla MRI scanner system allowing "High-Field, High
Resolution" images without compromising image quality. Most patients
are surprised and feel an open feeling since our magnet room has
windows to the natural light as well as a shorter bore magnet so
claustrophobic patients can feel comfortable. The table accommodates
patients up to 400 pounds. The coils used in the examination are
flexible and allow for flexion and extension views of the cervical and
Scan times range from 15-25 minutes. To
further accommodate patient comfort, our scanner comes equipped with a
radio as well as an intercom, so that the patient can either listen to
their favorite music, or interact directly with our specialized MRI
technologist. In addition, patients are welcome to have a family member
or friend in the MRI suite with them during the exam. (Restrictions may
All MRI images and diagnostic reports are
available to the referring physician on our secure, online web portal.
Exams are available on DVD or zip drive.
Frequent Questions about Magnetic Resonance Imaging
What is an MRI?
MRI is short for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. MRI
is a study that is safe and uses a magnetic field to acquire images
specific images of the spine, joints, organs, blood vessels, muscles,
and organs. It does not use any x-ray, and is not painful. The MRI does
not use radiation, therefore the MRI process is safe for both patient
and anyone else in the room that is not adversely effected by a
How does the MRI machine work?
The MRI machine itself works by creating a
magnetic field. Radio frequency waves from the magnet cause the
hydrogen cells in your body to vibrate in a certain way that is picked
up by an antennae called a coil. Coils communicate to the computer in
the technologist room creating an image of the body part being scanned.
This image is stored in the computer and can be viewed off site by your
doctor and radiologist reading the image.
Why get an MRI exam?
MRI provides an extremely detailed image of the
body part that allows a physician to diagnose, and detect many
conditions so that treatment can be most appropriate and effective. If
there is an abnormality, the MRI can tell the doctor where the
abnormality is, and to what extent it is affecting the body.
How do I prepare for My MRI exam?
Prior to your MRI appointment, you may follow
your daily routine and meal plan as normal as well as all prescribed
medication. Make sure all metal is removed from the body. This includes
piercing, jewelry, clothing containing metal, etc. The MRI technologist
will show you to a private changing room that contains a secure locker
so you personal belongings are kept safe. You will be given a pair of
shorts and a tee shirt so that you will be covered and comfortable.
Pillows and pads are used on the table so that you are comfortable to
lie still during the exam to optimize your image quality. Prior to the
exam, you will be given clear directions and allowed to ask as many
questions as you wish. You will be able to give the technician your
music request. You will also be in the MRI technicianís sight the
entire time and will be able to communicate with the MRI technician via
What are the restrictions with an MRI
Because an MRI uses a high field magnet, all
metal objects made with iron or steel and can effect electronic devices
such as cell phones. The MRI technologist will look over your MRI
screening form and will ask you specific questions for your safety. For
example, you will be asked if you have a pacemaker, aneurysm clips,
cochlear implants, TENS (transcutaneous electrical neurostimulator)
unit, or steel surgical staples or clips.
How do I pay for the MRI exam?
Most health insurance plans cover MRI exams.
Some managed care plans may require a pre-authorization or an order
from you primary care physician. Prior to your arrival, we will help
verify the extent of your insurance benefits coverage for your MRI
exam. Any charges NOT covered by your insurance will be shared with you
at the time of your visit and payment will be due at that time. We
conveniently accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover Card and American
Express. Please call our office if you have questions regarding your
How will I learn about my MRI results?
The images from your examination will be sent to
one of our radiologists who has expertise in reading the results of
your exam. They will be communicated to your physician or chiropractor,
who will then discuss the results with you.