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What is an MRI?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic test that uses magnetic fields and computer-generated radio waves to create images of your soft tissues and organs.

The providers at Southern Oregon Orthopedics offer on-site MRI services to evaluate orthopedic injuries when X-rays can’t provide enough information.

Why would I need an MRI?

The providers at Southern Oregon Orthopedics might request an MRI to identify orthopedic conditions like:

  • Ligament tears
  • Torn cartilage
  • Bone infections
  • Joint abnormalities
  • Damaged spinal discs

MRI technology provides high-quality, 3D images of your inner structures, so the providers can quickly and accurately diagnose the cause of your pain and evaluate the severity of your condition.

What happens during an MRI?

The MRI machine is a long, narrow tube that’s open at both ends. You can expect to lie on a table that slides into the opening of the tube.

Throughout your test, a technician monitors your vital signs, and they can speak to you via microphone while you’re in the machine.

As you lie on the table, the MRI creates a strong magnetic field around you to create the 3D pictures of your soft tissues. This process causes no pain, but you must remain still to ensure the images of your soft tissues are clear.

Typically, an MRI lasts from 15 minutes to an hour depending on the reason for your test. If you have a fear of enclosed spaces, you can receive a sedative medication to relax you prior to your MRI.

How long does it take to get my MRI results?

The radiologists at Southern Oregon Orthopedics interpret your imaging test results during your appointment. Depending on your results, you might need additional diagnostic testing, or your provider discusses your options for moving forward with treatment.

If you don’t receive a sedative, you can go right back to your usual activities without limitations after your MRI.

To learn more about the diagnostic benefits of an MRI, schedule a consultation online or by calling Southern Oregon Orthopedics today.

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