Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive test that does not use ionizing radiation (X-rays). InHealth Imaging recently installed a state-of-the-art 3T MRI (the only 3T MRI on the West Sound) which is the strongest scanner clinically available. InHealth Imaging’s 3T MRI creates a magnetic field twice as powerful as a 1.5T MRI and 10 to 15 times stronger than open or lower field MRIs. What this means for patients is profound. The 3T MRI offers maximum comfort, optimized exam time, and the confidence that the images generated will be of the highest resolution, and as mentioned above there is no concern about radiation with MRI. The InHealth Imaging 3T MRI has a more open design which accommodates patients up to 550 pounds and helps reduce anxiety and claustrophobia. And, the 3T MRI’s powerful magnet provides extraordinary images to help physicians make a more confident diagnosis.
InHealth Imaging offers our 3T MRI exams at our main facility in Poulsbo. Because we are able to offer these procedures inside our newly renovated Poulsbo office, our patients realize considerable cost savings since there is only one fee and no separate consultation or facility charge.
MRIs allow for more thorough evaluations of soft tissue which are not accessible through other tools such as ultrasound and X-ray. MRIs are safe for all ages and our compassionate staff ensures that your scan is comfortable and straight-forward. The 3T MRI exam takes half the time of 1.5T machines.
Exam results are communicated to the patient directly by the radiologist after the exam. At InHealth, we believe that all of our patients should be presented their results without delay. Shortly after the patient is seen, the images and results are shared with the ordering physician through our secure Picture Archival Communication Systems (PACS) portal. Your doctor will also receive a faxed report or phone call with the results within 24-hours if requested.
Preparing for your MRI exam
We recommend that patients wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for their exam.
Do not wear eye makeup if you are receiving an MRI of the head or neck, as the metals in the makeup will interfere with magnetic imaging.
Jewelry, electronics and all metal articles must be removed for the exam.
Please contact InHealth Imaging if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have a pacemaker, metal implants or history of metal injury to the eye. These conditions may prevent you from having an MRI.
If you are taking medication for pain or anxiety, please have it prescribed by your physician and taken prior to your exam. It is very important that you lay still for the duration of the scan. One of our friendly technologists will provide a headset for music of your choice and talk you through the scan.
Gadolinium-based Contrast Agents Used for MRI Scans
On December 19, 2017, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a safety communication regarding gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) and gadolinium retention in the body. At this time, the FDA also required all GBCA manufacturers to revise their product prescribing information and provide patient Medication Guides to customers to distribute to patients receiving GBCAs. Below are links to the Medication Guides approved by the US FDA for the contrast used at InHealth Imaging.