MRI images require the use of non-harmful magnetic fields. Magnetic imaging requires that certain precautions are taken to ensure patient safety.
A pre-screening process is required to make certain that there are no contraindications to performing your MRI.
Most MRIs do not require the use of contrast material. The need for contrast is usually determined after your MRI is read by our Musculoskeletal Radiologists if your initial scan requires more information to accurately diagnose your condition.
The material used is gadolinium which is an approved substance by the United States Food and Drug Administration which will highlight certain aspects of your MRI scan.
The pre-screening process is usually done over the telephone. A representative from Palos MRI will call you and take you through the pre-screening process.
This requires a brief questionnaire about your health history. For example this may include questions pertaining to implantable devices such as a pacemaker, recent surgery, pregnancy, or if you are a metal worker.
You can also choose to download and complete our MRI pre-screening form. Completion of this form prior to your examination may help expedite your visit to our facility.
Depending upon your age and medical history, laboratory blood testing may be required prior to your scan.
We look forward to providing for your health care needs. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at (708) 237-7227.