Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in Dallas
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a strong magnetic field and radiofrequency pulses to provide clear and detailed diagnostic images of internal body organs and tissues. MRI is a valuable tool for the diagnosis of a broad range of conditions, including, but not limited to:
- MRI for Cancer
- MRI for Liver Disease
- Heart and vascular disease
- Joint and musculoskeletal disorders
MRI allows evaluation of some bodily structures that may not be as visible with other diagnostic imaging methods.
How to prepare for your MRI at SWDIC
Depending on how many images are needed, the exam generally takes 20 to 45 minutes. Very detailed studies may take longer.
- You will be asked to lie down on a sliding table and will be positioned comfortably.
- The technologist and nurse will leave the room for your exam, but you will be able to communicate with them at any time using an intercom.
- In certain circumstances, a friend or family member will be allowed to stay in the room with you during the exam.
- You will be asked to remain still during the actual imaging process. However, between sequences, which last between two and fifteen minutes, slight movement is allowed.
- Depending on the part of the body being examined, a contrast material may be used to enhance the visibility of certain tissues or blood vessels.
- One of our Registered Nurses will place a small needle in your arm or hand vein, and an IV will run a saline solution through the intravenous line to prevent clotting. About two-thirds of the way through the exam, the contrast material will be injected.
What to expect during an MRI
- MRI is a painless procedure.
- Some claustrophobic patients may experience a “closed in” feeling. If this is a concern, a sedative may be administered. (Please notify us ahead of time if you will require a sedative.) You may also schedule your exam in our “open bore ” MRI scanner which will help alleviate this reaction.
- You will hear loud tapping or thumping during the exam. Patients may choose either music, earplugs, or both to block out the noise.
- You may feel warmth in the area being examined. This is normal.
- If a contrast injection is used, there may be some natural discomfort at the injection site. You may also feel a cool sensation at the site during injection.
Schedule Your MRI at Southwest Diagnostic Imaging
Open 7 days a week, Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center is a full-range, experienced, state-of-the-art imaging center in Dallas.
Our mission is to provide unsurpassed patient care, the most advanced diagnostic imaging technology, and the highest standards of quality.
MRI/MRA Scan Hours
Monday – Friday / 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday / 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday / 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.