High-Field Open MRI

The only one of its kind in Savannah

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a state of the art non-invasive test that uses a large magnetic and radiofrequency waves (not ionizing radiation) to create detailed images of joints, soft tissues and bones of the body. These detailed images that are read by a radiologist will help your physician to determine a course of treatment for an illness or injury. An MRI is usually the best choice for evaluating the body for tumors, injuries and degenerative disorders.

 

Coastal Imaging is the only practice group in Savannah to offer the High-Field Open MRI, a state-of-the-art piece of equipment that results in the highest quality imaging and surgical quality studies.

The High-Field Open MRI is the perfect option for patients who don’t feel comfortable in a traditional MRI due to their size. It has a higher table limit of 600 pounds compared to 350 pounds in the other MRIs.

And because the High-Field Open MRI is open with full access all around it, parents can get close and hold their child’s hand during the procedure.

Before

  • Upon arriving, you will need to register for the test. Be prepared to list your prior surgeries and current medications. Once registration is completed and your appointment time nears, an MRI Technologist will escort you back to the interview room. This is where the technologist will explain the procedure and answer any questions.
  • You may be asked to change and remove all metal jewelry, hair pins, piercings etc. You will be provided a place to lock up your belongings because the MRI will erase credit cards, stop a watch from running and damage any electronic devices, such as phone and iPod.

During

  • Once you are on the table, you will be given either ear plugs or headphones due to the loud knocking noise made by the scanner.
  • Your test will take about 30 minutes to complete, however some test do require an hour. The most important piece of information to remember is to lie completely still. If you move, it will result in longer scan time.
  • You may become warm during the exam. This is normal, due to the radio waves that are used to obtain the images.
  • Depending on the test ordered, you may require an injection of contrast material called Gadolinium. If your test is ordered with contrast and you are over 60, have high blood pressure, kidney or liver disease, we will need to run some lab work to check renal functions prior to the contrast injection. This is done here in the MRI department.

After

  • Once the test is completed you will be escorted back to the changing room to collect your belongings.

 

  • Eat normally and take your usual medications.
  • Dress comfortably; leave jewelry and any other metal objects at home.
  • If you are claustrophobic (fear of enclosed spaces) inform your physician so a mild sedation can be prescribed.
  • Inform your physician of any metal implants (artificial heart valve, pacemaker, neurostimulator, drug infusion pump, brain aneurysm clips)

Is it an open or closed unit?
We offer both types of units: the traditional MRI as well as the High-Field Open MRI.

Do you offer sedation?
Yes, we offer a mild sedation. You will need to bring a driver and come 30 minutes prior to appointment time. In addition, we offer music and a call button to help make your experience less stressful.

Is there a weight limit?
The weight limit is 350 pounds for the traditional MRI and 600 pounds for the High-Field Open MRI.

How long does an MRI take?
The majority of the scans take 30 minutes from start to finish, however a few require an hour.

May I bring someone with me?
Yes, although they may have to wait in the waiting room. A technologist will be with you while you are having your scan.

Can my whole body be scanned at one time?
No, an MRI is very specific. We can only scan one particular area at a time and only the area that is ordered by your physician.

Why does my whole body have to go into the scanner?
The length of the MRI unit is about 4 feet and the body part that is to be examined needs to be in the center to obtain the best quality of images.

Does it hurt?
Absolutely not! All you need to do is lie still on the table. It’s just like taking a picture; if you move the images will be blurry and we will need to repeat.

When will my doctor get the results?

If your exam is ordered as a STAT, your doctor should get the results within 2 hours after your exam is completed. If the exam is routine, your doctor should receive them within 24 hours.

 

Patient Education

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a state of the art non-invasive test that uses a large magnetic and radiofrequency waves (not ionizing radiation) to create detailed images of joints, soft tissues and bones of the body. These detailed images that are read by a radiologist will help your physician to determine a course of treatment for an illness or injury. An MRI is usually the best choice for evaluating the body for tumors, injuries and degenerative disorders.

 

Coastal Imaging is the only practice group in Savannah to offer the High-Field Open MRI, a state-of-the-art piece of equipment that results in the highest quality imaging and surgical quality studies.

The High-Field Open MRI is the perfect option for patients who don’t feel comfortable in a traditional MRI due to their size. It has a higher table limit of 600 pounds compared to 350 pounds in the other MRIs.

And because the High-Field Open MRI is open with full access all around it, parents can get close and hold their child’s hand during the procedure.

Before

  • Upon arriving, you will need to register for the test. Be prepared to list your prior surgeries and current medications. Once registration is completed and your appointment time nears, an MRI Technologist will escort you back to the interview room. This is where the technologist will explain the procedure and answer any questions.
  • You may be asked to change and remove all metal jewelry, hair pins, piercings etc. You will be provided a place to lock up your belongings because the MRI will erase credit cards, stop a watch from running and damage any electronic devices, such as phone and iPod.

During

  • Once you are on the table, you will be given either ear plugs or headphones due to the loud knocking noise made by the scanner.
  • Your test will take about 30 minutes to complete, however some test do require an hour. The most important piece of information to remember is to lie completely still. If you move, it will result in longer scan time.
  • You may become warm during the exam. This is normal, due to the radio waves that are used to obtain the images.
  • Depending on the test ordered, you may require an injection of contrast material called Gadolinium. If your test is ordered with contrast and you are over 60, have high blood pressure, kidney or liver disease, we will need to run some lab work to check renal functions prior to the contrast injection. This is done here in the MRI department.

After

  • Once the test is completed you will be escorted back to the changing room to collect your belongings.

 

  • Eat normally and take your usual medications.
  • Dress comfortably; leave jewelry and any other metal objects at home.
  • If you are claustrophobic (fear of enclosed spaces) inform your physician so a mild sedation can be prescribed.
  • Inform your physician of any metal implants (artificial heart valve, pacemaker, neurostimulator, drug infusion pump, brain aneurysm clips)

Is it an open or closed unit?
We offer both types of units: the traditional MRI as well as the High-Field Open MRI.

Do you offer sedation?
Yes, we offer a mild sedation. You will need to bring a driver and come 30 minutes prior to appointment time. In addition, we offer music and a call button to help make your experience less stressful.

Is there a weight limit?
The weight limit is 350 pounds for the traditional MRI and 600 pounds for the High-Field Open MRI.

How long does an MRI take?
The majority of the scans take 30 minutes from start to finish, however a few require an hour.

May I bring someone with me?
Yes, although they may have to wait in the waiting room. A technologist will be with you while you are having your scan.

Can my whole body be scanned at one time?
No, an MRI is very specific. We can only scan one particular area at a time and only the area that is ordered by your physician.

Why does my whole body have to go into the scanner?
The length of the MRI unit is about 4 feet and the body part that is to be examined needs to be in the center to obtain the best quality of images.

Does it hurt?
Absolutely not! All you need to do is lie still on the table. It’s just like taking a picture; if you move the images will be blurry and we will need to repeat.

When will my doctor get the results?

If your exam is ordered as a STAT, your doctor should get the results within 2 hours after your exam is completed. If the exam is routine, your doctor should receive them within 24 hours.

 

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