What is MRI?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging, commonly known as MRI, allows physicians to view soft tissues (muscles, fat, internal organs, vascular system) without surgery, producing significantly better images than other imaging exams. An MRI is used to view internal body structures using combinations of radio waves and magnetic fields. No x-ray or ionizing radiation of any kind is needed to perform an MRI.

East Georgia Radiology uses the latest, most advanced technology to benefit patients by offering you quality images to assist your clinician in your diagnosis and treatment plan. The latest MRI designs were created with your comfort in mind.

What Types of MRI Do You Offer and Where Are They Offered?

EGR offers all types of MRIs including those of the breast, body, heart, chest, head, knee, musculoskeletal, prostate, shoulder, spine, and brain.  We also offer high performance Open MRI exclusively at Effingham Open MRI Imaging Center.  Your clinician will determine which MRI is best for you.

What to Expect

During an MRI exam, you will lie on a moveable exam table that will slowly move into the machine. This procedure is non-invasive and there is no pain associated with this exam. Some of the common distractions or discomforts include the loud tapping noises that are often made by the machine or the close proximity to the MRI machine. For patients who are claustrophobic or who become uncomfortable in these situations, they may be prescribed a mild sedative to be taken before the exam. You also may notice a warm feeling in the area being studied. This is normal but you should not be afraid to communicate to the technologist if it bothers you. A technologist will always be available, monitoring you throughout the exam if any concerns Some MRI studies require the use of a contrast agent to help distinguish and better visualize certain images. This contrast agent will be injected into a vein in the arm. After the images have been taken, our radiologists will review the study and send a report to your clinician.

Patient Preparation

If you need sedation for claustrophobia, you must have someone else drive you to and from your exam.  Please call your scheduled location for any additional questions.

• Do not wear jewelry

• Do not wear anything with metal (zippers, snaps, hooks.) Athletic wear with elastic waistband is a good choice.

• Patients having an MRI of the head or neck should not wear makeup