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WholeSPINEOur Physicians are affiliated with the Pee Dee Imaging Center to provide our patient with high quality MRI imaging to diagnose specific patient problems. The Imaging Center is located at 1116 West Evans Street in Florence, South Carolina [map.]

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a medical imaging technique primarily used in Radiology to visualize the structure and function of the body. It provides detailed images of the body in any plane. An MRI provides much greater contrast between the different soft tissues of the body than does computed tomography (CT), making it especially useful in musculoskeletal imaging.

Section Title MRIEquipment

1.5T Short-bore

Section Title MRILocation

Pee Dee Imaging Center
1116 West Evans Street
Florence, SC 29501
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 Section Title MRIImaging

What is an MRI?

 

MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. It is a state-of-the-art technique for viewing internal details of your body without exposing you to X-ray radiation. Most importantly, it is painless.

 

How does an MRI work?

 

The majority of your body is made up of hydrogen (water) atoms. MRI is a technology that uses a magnetic field to align all of these atoms to produce signals which are converted to images of the inside of your body.

 

Why do I need an MRI?

 

An MRI is a painless way for your doctor to obtain information about your body that will aid in diagnosis and treatment. It allows your radiologist and your physician to see certain types of tissue that provides important information about your brain, spine, joints, or internal organs. Early detection and treatment of a condition is often why doctors request this procedure.

 

What do I need to do before an MRI?

 

Generally, you will not need to make any special preparations.

 

Are there reasons for me not to have an MRI?

 

Certain conditions may prevent you from having an MRI examination. If you have a pacemaker or a cardiac defibrillator you CANNOT have an MRI. Please check with your ordering physician to discuss an alternative type of imaging service. Please let your doctor and the MRI technologist know if you have any of the following conditions.

  • Pacemaker
  • Pregnancy
  • Inner ear implants
  • Aneurysm clip
  • Dental bridges
  • Claustrophobia
  • Metallic implants
  • History as a metal worker
  • Implanted Neuro Simulators

 

What will I experience during my MRI?

 

When you arrive a technologist will ask you to remove anything metallic, such as a hearing aid, dentures, or jewelry. You will be asked to lie down on the examination table, usually on your back. The table will slide into the opening and you will hear a quiet knocking noise and the hum of the machine. You will be asked to lie as still as possible. We will provide a CD player and earphones for your comfort. You may bring your own music or choose something from our selection. The exam usually takes 30 to 60 minutes. Our technologist will be available to you throughout the procedure to answer any questions you may have.

 

What happens after my MRI?

 

Your images will be sent electronically to a radiologist and your physician for immediate viewing. We can also make your scan available to you and/or your doctor on CD-ROM if that is more convenient. Your physician's staff will contact you to make an appointment for you to discuss the results of your MRI with your doctor. In the meantime, you are free to resume your normal activities unless your doctor has instructed you otherwise.

 

What do I wear for my MRI?

 

  • Leave all unnecessary jewelry at home
  • Avoid clothing with metal objects
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing

What if I am claustrophobic?

 

If you are claustrophobic, please let your doctor know. Medication can be prescribed to help you relax.

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