The term “imaging” refers to the way in which modern technologies can take an “image” of what’s going on inside your body to determine if an injury has occurred to ligaments, cartilage and tendons. The two most common methods are X-rays and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
An MRI exam is a safe, painless diagnostic procedure. It produces images in greater detail than other diagnostic imaging techniques.
Before your MRI exam, which lasts from 30 to 60 minutes, your MRI technologist will need to know if you have:
- Aneurysm clips
- Metal pins, plates or prosthesis
- Cardiac pacemaker
- Joint replacements
- Any other implants
Please remember to wear clothing without metal zippers or fasteners and to remove all jewelry prior to your exam.
- Common Questions – X-ray
- Who looks at X-ray results?
- Are there any risks with X-rays? What should I be aware of?
- What should I expect during the X-ray process?
- How does an X-ray work?
- What is the difference between X-ray and MRI?
- Common Questions – MRI
- Are there any risks with X-rays or things I should be aware of?
- Are there any risks to MRIs?
- Who looks at MRI results?
- What if I am claustrophobic?
- How should I prepare?
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