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MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) exams are among the most advanced medical imaging procedures. Ideal for identifying and aiding in the treatment of a wide range of ailments, MRI exams provide detailed images of soft tissue and organs that are not easily seen through other types of imaging procedures.

Hawaii Advanced Imaging offers advanced 3.0 Tesla MRI and 3.0 T OPEN MRI machines that provide the most accurate medical images available for clinical use, as well as a comfortable patient experience.

Preparing for your MRI exam

In general, there are no special preparations to follow before an MRI exam. However, because MRI uses a strong magnetic field, metal objects may interfere with the scan.

Medication: You may take your daily medications, unless otherwise instructed by your physician.

MRI scans are not for everyone: If you have metallic/surgical implants or any of the following conditions please notify your physician or technologist prior to the exam to make sure an MRI scan is right for you. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • • Aneurysm clips in the brain
  • • Implanted spinal cord stimulator
  • • Inner ear (cochlear) implants
  • • Metal fragments in one or both eyes
  • • Metallic implants
  • • Pacemaker

Also, please inform our staff if you:

  • • Have dental bridges
  • • Wear a hearing aid(s)
  • • Have ever been a metal worker
  • • Are pregnant or think you might be

MRI FAQ

HOW DOES MRI WORK?

MRI exams use a magnetic field and radio frequencies to generate detailed anatomical and functional images using a powerful computer processor, with tissue and organs shown in varying contrast levels. Our subspecialty-trained radiologists interpret the scans and work with your physician to review your case.  

IS MRI SAFE?

MRI scans have been performed safely successfully for more than 20 years. There are no health risks associated with the magnetic field or radio waves. However, MRI exams are not for everyone. If you have metallic/surgical implants or any of the following conditions please notify your physician or technologist prior to the exam to make sure an MRI scan is right for you. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • • Aneurysm clips in the brain
  • • Implanted spinal cord stimulator
  • • Inner ear (cochlear) implants
  • • Metal fragments in one or both eyes
  • • Metallic implants
  • • Pacemaker

Also, please alert our staff if you:

  • • Have dental bridges
  • • Wear a hearing aid(s)
  • • Have ever been a metal worker
  • • Are pregnant or think you might be

WHAT IF I AM CLAUSTROPHOBIC?

Hawaii Advanced Imaging Institute offers one of the only 3.0T OPEN MRI machines in Hawaii, which provides more space for claustrophobic patients or larger patients who are unable to fit into a traditional MRI machine. Traditional MRI machines are open at both ends, whereas our OPEN MRI is open on all sides and has a larger bore (opening).

  • CAN CHILDREN RECEIVE AN MRI EXAM?

Yes, MRI scans are safe for children. Some children need medication to help them relax and stay still during the exam. Hawaii Advanced Imaging staff will work with your doctor to provide the appropriate medicine, if it is necessary. A parent or adult must stay with the child during the exam.

SHOULD I TAKE MY MEDICATIONS THE DAY OF MY EXAM?

You may take your daily medications, unless otherwise instructed by your physician.

CAN I EAT AND DRINK BEFORE MY MRI EXAM?

You may eat and drink before your exam, unless otherwise instructed by your physician.

HOW SHOULD I DRESS FOR MY MRI EXAM?

We ask that you wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing without metal buttons or zippers. You may be asked to change into a hospital gown for image quality and safety reasons. For your convenience, we provide a locker to store your keys, jewelry and other valuables during the exam

WHEN SHOULD I ARRIVE FOR MY MRI EXAM?

You should arrive 20-30 minutes before your exam to provide time for our staff to greet you, help you fill out any necessary paperwork, and have you change into a gown, if necessary.

WILL I RECEIVE CONTRAST FOR MY MRI EXAM?

Some MRI studies require contrast, which is a fluid injected through a vein that appears brighter on your MRI image to help our radiologists identify certain diseases. Not all MRI procedures require the use of contrast. Check with your doctor or call us at (808) 591-1504 to find out if you will receive contrast for your exam.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE MRI EXAM?

A technologist will escort you into the exam room and help you get comfortable on a padded table. You will have the option to enjoy multi-media goggles and headphones to watch a DVD or listen to music on an iPod or CD. You are welcome to bring your own DVD or music, or select from one of our options.  

To achieve clear images, it is important to you lie very still and you may be asked to hold your breath for short periods of time. You will hear some humming, buzzing and/or tapping sounds while the exam is conducted. You will not feel anything except for a light vibration.

HOW LONG WILL MY MRI EXAM TAKE?

The actual scan portion of the exam takes only a few minutes, but each exam is made up of a sequence of scans that vary from study to study. Most scans will average 25 – 40 minutes.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER MY MRI EXAM?

There are no lasting affects from an MRI exam. You may move around and drive immediately after your procedure.

One of our subspecialty-trained radiologists will interpret and analyze your results and prepare a report for your doctor. The report is sent directly to your doctor, who will share the results with you.