MRI SCANS – MOSS CREEK CLINIC

MRI is the acronym for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. It is a procedure used to scan patients to determine the severity of certain injuries – especially soft tissue injuries that X-ray cannot pick up. The MRI machine uses magnetic field and radio waves to create very detailed images of the body.  If our provider feels that an MRI is necessary for diagnostic purposes, the test will be performed at our Moss Creek location.

As in the picture, our MRI machine looks like a long tube. The circular area is what houses the large magnet. To begin the patient is laid down on the table then the technician slides a coil to the specific area targeted for imaging. The coil is receives the signal magnetic resonance signal as input into the machine. The final product is a 3D image representation of the area that was scanned. Even better, there is no ionizing radiation involved with an MRI.

The procedure is noninvasive so it is painless. A loud tapping noise will be heard as the electromagnets are turned on and off throughout the scan. In some cases the patient my have earplugs in order to lessen the noise.

If our provider feels that an MRI is necessary for diagnostic purposes, the test will be preformed at our Moss Creek location.

** Please note: If you are having chest pain, breathing difficulties, or significant trauma please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency department.