Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Sacred Heart Health System is proud to offer a clear picture of your health with latest advances in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Simple and safe, MRI exams are among the most advanced medical imaging procedures.
What is MRI?
MRI is a valuable medical exam that uses magnetic fields and radio frequencies to generate detailed anatomical and functional images. MRI scans have been performed safely and successfully for 20 years. MRI scans have an advantage over other forms of scanning because they can image different types of tissue. More traditional forms of imaging, such as X-rays, are limited in how much tissue they can image. MRI scans can image more types of tissue, and without dangerous ionizing radiation.
In addition to traditional MRI services, we have a variety of specialized capabilities, including:
- 3.0T MRI – located inside Sacred Heart Hospital, this is the most advanced system available for taking detailed imagines of the spine, brain, joint, pelvis and heart. It is more comfortable for patients, takes less time, and reduces the number of repeat exams due to movement.
- Breast MRI – located at the Ann L. Baroco Center for Breast Health, we offer the area’s only breast dedicated MRI designed specifically for the detection of breast cancer, providing a clearer and more accurate image and a more comfortable exam for our patients.
- Open MRI – located at Airport Medical Park, our Open MRI is larger and more open than traditional MRI machines, which allows us to accommodate patients of all sizes while calming the feeling of claustrophobia.
What to Expect
On the day of your exam, please wear comfortable clothes without metal zippers, snaps or other metal objects that may interfere with obtaining an accurate image. In addition, please remove all metal objects and materials that may be affected by magnetic fields including keys, watches, jewelry, hairpins, earrings, eye glasses, coins, hearing devices, credit cards, dentures or removable dental work.
An MRI exam typically takes between 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the type of images that your physician has ordered. When you arrive, a technologist will escort you into the MRI scanning room, where you’ll see a table and a large, elongated tube, which is the MRI machine. The technologist will have you lie on the padded table and make sure you are comfortable. You’ll be asked to lie very still during the scan and hold your breath for a short time to minimize any body movement.
During the scan, you will hear a humming or buzzing noise and may be given headphones to wear, but you will not feel anything unusual. You may feel the table move while images are being taken at certain locations of your body. The technologist will monitor you during the entire exam through a window and will communicate with you through an intercom. The specific details of your upcoming examination will be explained fully by an MRI technologist or your physician
Depending on the exam, a solution called “contrast” may be administered with an IV to help improve what the physician can see. Although contrast for
MRI does not contain iodine, it is still important to let your doctor know beforehand if you have any specific allergies. In addition, the technologist may hook you up to an ECG monitor.
Sacred Heart Hospital, Pensacola
3.0T MRI, Pediatric MRI, Traditional MRI
5149 N. Ninth Ave., Pensacola, Fla.
Ann L. Baroco Center for Breast Health
Breast MRI, Traditional MRI
Sacred Heart Medical Park at Airport
Open MRI, Traditional MRI
Sacred Heart Medical Park at Pace
Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast
Traditional MRI, Pediatric MRI
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For more information about MRI services at Sacred Heart, please call (850) 416-1600.