Neurologist & Epilepsy Specialist located in FL, serving patients from Jacksonville, Orlando, Destin, & The Greater Florida Area.
An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a powerful diagnostic tool that allows your doctor to examine the inside of your body. Omar Moore, MD, at NeuroDoc, can give referrals for MRIs in patients’ local areas. If you need an MRI, submit an online request form today.
Brain MRI Q & A
What is an MRI?
An MRI is a diagnostic imaging study that creates images of your organs and other internal structures with a combination of a large magnet, radio frequencies, and a computer to create the images. MRIs don’t use radiation like other imaging tests and are extremely safe for almost every patient except those with implanted cardiac devices or nerve stimulators.
An MRI scanner is a cylindrical tube. It creates a magnetic field and uses radio waves to disrupt the natural alignment of the hydrogen atoms in your body. Those atoms generate a signal when they return to their correct location. The scanner picks up those signals and uses them to create a two-dimensional image.
Why would I need an MRI?
Dr. Moore at NeuroDoc uses MRIs to study your brain and look for signs of issues that could contribute to symptoms such as seizures, migraines, and stroke. Some of the conditions Dr. Moore can diagnose with an MRI include:
Traumatic brain injury
Bleeding in the brain
Fluid on the brain
Infections or inflammation in the brain
MRIs are useful diagnostic tools that help Dr. Moore identify the condition causing your symptoms and create a customized treatment plan to relieve your symptoms and improve your health.
How should I prepare for an MRI?
In most cases, you don’t need to do anything special to prepare for an MRI. You should wear comfortable clothing on the day of your appointment, although you will likely be given a gown to wear during the procedure.
Make sure to let Dr. Moore and your lab technician know if you have any allergies to contrast dye, have any implanted cardiac devices or nerve stimulator, have any metal in your body, or if you think you might be pregnant. If confined spaces make you anxious, make sure to let Dr. Moore know during your encounter.
What happens during an MRI?
During your MRI, you wear a hospital gown and earplugs while you lay on a moveable table that slides into the center of the MRI cylinder. You must lie perfectly still, so the images are as clear as possible.
MRIs are painless and usually take 10-60 minutes. After your MRI, you can get right back to your regular activities.
If you need a brain MRI, please call or fill out an online request form today.