Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Produces Clear Images of the Human Body Without the Use of Radiation
This technology enables physicians to detect developing diseases or abnormalities earlier than ever before. With the combination of radio waves and magnetic fields, detailed images of body structures such as the spine, brain, and other vital organs are produced.

The MRI provides clear images of soft tissue structures located near and around bone. Because it is the most sensitive exam for joint and spinal conditions, it is frequently used to diagnose sports related injuries. Even small tears and injuries to ligaments and muscles can be seen via MRI imaging. Because it provides detailed images, MRI is also frequently used for abdominal imaging (liver, kidney, spleen, pancreas) and cardiac imaging to diagnose coronary artery disease and heart problems. Although an MRI is similar in appearance to a CT scanner, it provides different clinical information that allows your doctor to diagnose and treat your condition.

It is a valuable tool for the diagnosis of many diseases and conditions, including:

  • Cancer
  • Heart and vascular disease
  • Stroke
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Joint and spinal conditions

What Happens When I Get an MRI?
Your MRI scan will take approximately 30 minutes to complete, depending upon the order from your physician. During this time, you will lie on a padded table that will move you into the MRI unit for your test to be completed. MRI scans are typically painless and are usually performed on an outpatient basis. Some MRI scans use contrast agents to enhance the images. This contrast is administered via an IV line. For the best results, it is important that you lie still during this process. If the noise produced by the scanner and/or the enclosed space should make you uncomfortable, please alert the technologist. They will be near you at all times during your scan and can help alleviate your discomfort.

How do I Prepare for an MRI?
Please do not eat or drink for two hours before the time of your scan. Patients requiring sedation need to be at Outpatient Registration at least one hour before exam time. You will also need to bring all medications you are currently taking in their original containers.

Because the magnetic field used to obtain MRI images is affected by any metallic substance, please tell us before the scan if you have any of the following:

  • Cardiac pacemaker, defibrillator (AISCD) or artificial heart valve
  • Metal plate, pin or other metallic implant (i.e., artificial joints)
  • Intrauterine device, such as Copper-7 IUD
  • Insulin pump or other infusion pump
  • Aneurysm clips
  • Previous gunshot wound
  • Middle/inner ear implant

The MRIs provide a wide range of scans including the following:

  • MRCP
  • Spectroscopy of the brain
  • Diffusion and perfusion weighted imaging of the brain for stroke
  • MRI angiography of the head and body
  • Abdominal imaging (liver, kidney, spleen, pancreas)
  • Musculoskeletal imaging
  • Neurological (brain) imaging
  • Breast MRI

McLeod Regional Medical Center features state-of-the-art MRI technology:

  • Two 1.5 Tesla Fixed Magnets
  • One 0.7 Tesla High-Speed Open MRI Unit.

For your convenience, MRI scans are performed at three locations on the Florence Campus

  • McLeod Tower, First Floor, 555 East Cheves Street, Florence.
  • McLeod Pavilion, First Floor, 801 East Cheves Street, Florence.