St. Dominic’s MRI Services
The St. Dominic’s MRI Department strives to obtain the highest quality diagnostic MRI scans with the most comfort and convenience possible for our patients. We are accredited by the America College of Radiology(ACR) every three years to ensure we uphold the highest quality and standards of imaging. We currently have four state-of-the-art MRI scanners that allow for advanced scanning. St. Dominic’s MRI Department technologists are registered through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist and are trained on the most up-to-date scanning techniques. We take pride in providing high quality imaging while staying up-to-date on the latest technology and safety standards.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), is a way of obtaining very detailed images of organs and tissues throughout the body without the need for x-rays or “ionizing” radiation. Instead, an MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves, rapidly changing magnetic fields and a computer to create images that show whether or not there is an injury, disease process or abnormal condition present.
During an MRI procedure, the patient is placed inside of the MR scanner—typically a large doughnut-shaped device that is open on both ends. The powerful magnetic field aligns atomic particles called protons that are present in most of the body’s tissues. The applied radio waves then cause these protons to produce signals that are picked up by a receiver within the MR scanner. The signals are specially characterized using the rapidly changing magnetic field; and with the help of computer processing, images of tissues are created as “slices” that can be viewed in any orientation.
An MRI examination causes no pain, and the magnetic fields produce no known tissue damage of any kind. The MR scanner may make loud tapping, knocking or other noises at times during the procedure. However, using earplugs prevents problems that may be associated with the noise. You will be able to communicate with the MRI technologist or radiologist at any time using an intercom system or by other means.