What is an MRI?

An MRI is not an x-ray. It does not use or produce radiation. It uses a magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce a very clear image of the structures inside your body.

What does an MRI show?

An MRI shows images that distinguish between healthy and unhealthy tissue. It is used to examine soft tissues like organs, muscles, cartilage, ligaments and tendons in many parts of your body including but not limited to your brain, spinal column, breasts, abdomen, pelvic area or joints.

How long does an MRI take?

Most exams take between 30 to 45 minutes depending on the body part to be examined. You will be informed of the length of your specific exam when you schedule your appointment.

What can I expect?

You will be asked to lie down on a scanning table that slides into a large donut-shaped ring. Once you are correctly positioned, the MRI technologist will go to an adjoining room. The technologist will operate the machine and will be able to observe you and communicate with you throughout the entire study. As the scan begins, you will hear a knocking sound. This is the sound the scanner makes when it is generating a harmless magnetic field that creates the image. Your doctor may request an injection of contrast for a clearer image of specific structures.

Why Carolina Forest Imaging Center?

Our MRI machine is a state-of-the-art Siemens MAGNETOM Symphony 1.5T; its open design and feet first access make for tremendously increased patient comfort. The patient table lowers down to 45cm so that it is easily accessible for all, but especially important for children, elderly and obese patients (up to 440lbs). Our machine boasts a wide, patient-friendly inner bore diameter of 2 feet and the exam room, unlike most, has windows that allow natural light to fill the room to help reduce that closed-in feeling. At Carolina Forest Imaging Center we are passionate about the health of every patient. We offer the following to make your imaging experience convenient and comfortable:

  • Easy scheduling, usually same day/next day appointments
  • Comfortable surroundings
  • Highly trained, caring staff