XRA Medical Imaging is accredited by the American College of Radiology to perform MRI services in Rhode Island. Find information regarding our MRI service below, and our office locations where an MRI can be performed.
The largest room in any High-Field MRI - More headroom, elbowroom and legroom, up to one foot of spacious room above the head.
Perfect for those who are Claustrophobic - 60% of exams can be done with the patient's head outside of the machine.
Less time - 1.5 T Speed so you spend less time on the table.
MRI is widely used for medical diagnoses, staging of disease, and for follow-up without exposure to ionizing radiation.
MRI will often show more detailed organs and structures inside the body than you would see with an x-ray, CT scan, or ultrasound. Due to the detailed images it provides, it is commonly used to examine the head, spine, shoulder, knee, abdomen, and breasts. Contrast material may be given in order to view a specific area in further detail, but your doctor will let you know if it is needed.
MRI has a wide range of applications in medical diagnosis and is used commonly for neurological, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, and gastrointestinal imaging.
XRA performs MRI as an outpatient procedure where the patient lies inside a large cylindrical magnet. The MRI magnet is very sensitive to movement, so it is important that the patient lay still during the course of the test. MRI uses only magnetic fields and radio waves to obtain its images, so the patient is not exposed to any form of radiation during the exam. Due to the strong magnetic fields, however, patients are to remove all jewelry and other metal objects from their person before starting the test.
When your technologist brings you to the MRI area, they will ask several questions regarding your medical history or any possible metal in your body or on your person. You will then lie on the MRI scan table either feet or head first, depending on the exam being performed. If you are to receive contrast during your exam, the technologist will start an IV in your arm prior to or during the exam. Your doctor should inform you if this is necessary before you schedule your appointment. A magnetic coil will then be placed over the area where images are to be taken. MRI exams being performed on the head require a coil placed over the patient's head. Please note this coil does not cover the patient's face and has large openings so the patient can still see out of the coil. The table will then slowly enter the scanner and your examination will begin.
The magnetic cylinder will make noise during the exam. These noises, akin to knocking and tapping sounds, are normal and necessary to acquire the images. We provide sterile headphones and have a selection of music from which to choose in order to help decrease some of this noise. The technologist is able to communicate with you through an intercom system in the MRI machine and will instruct you not to move during the examination. If the exam requires you to hold your breath, the technologist will let you know when and for how long this is required. It is important to follow the technologist's directions as the quality of your images will be reduced if there is motion.
Like in photography, if a subject is moving the picture will become blurry. If the technologist sees motion on a scan, they may repeat that part of the study. Most exams take between 30 and 60 minutes.
Yes. Unlike many other imaging exams, MRI uses no radiation. No adverse effect from the magnet or radio waves has ever been documented. MRI is also deemed safe for pregnant women, however, unless the situation is emergent, an MRI is not typically recommended until at least the second trimester of pregnancy.
Some MRI studies require intravenous administration of a contrast agent, which will allow for improved images of certain parts of the anatomy. Adverse reactions to MRI contrast are extremely rare and most reactions to contrast fluid are mild. Patients may feel some warmth in their arm or mild flushing from the injection.
It should be noted that due to the strong magnetic field generated by the MRI scanner, it is not safe for certain patients with implanted devices such as pacemakers, nerve stimulators, or some older aneurysm clips to enter the scanner. Similarly, metal from a prior shrapnel injury may be unsafe. However, most patients with implanted devices or a prior shrapnel injury can still be scanned safely provided sufficient time has passed since the device was inserted or injury occurred. When scheduling your examination, our staff will ask questions to screen for any of these possibilities. Please inform the staff member at that time of any known metal in your body.
When scheduling your examination, please inform our staff of any known metal (including shrapnel or any implanted device) in your body. The staff member will determine if you will still be able to undergo the MRI. If not, we will work to find the best alternative for your test.
At XRA Medical Imaging, our technologists and staff are sensitive to the needs of our patients and do everything we are able to ensure patients are as comfortable as possible. During the MRI, patients are within view of the technologist and both the technologist and patient are able to communicate with each other through an intercom system.
XRA's high-field MRI scanners offer our claustrophobic patients a less confined environment while producing quality images for most routine examinations. If you feel you might require a mild sedative, please place a request with your referring physician. Should you require medication before your exam, please have someone who can drive you home after your exam is complete accompany you to your appointment.