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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging is an imaging technique that uses a magnet to generate a magnetic field and thus obtain images of the human body. No radiation is produced. The patient lies on a table and the part of the body that is examined enters into the magnetic field. This is done safely and comfortably.

Images are then obtained of the body, and the part in question is examined in any plane. The resolution of the MRI is excellent for soft tissues in the body (in fact, the best of all imaging techniques). Therefore, it is the ideal imaging modality to evaluate the brain, the spinal cord, the abdominal organs (liver, kidneys, pancreas), and the genital organs. MRI is the imaging modality of choice to evaluate the musculoskeletal system. Thus, one can appreciate the different tendons and ligaments in all joints, and see the menisci in the knees.

When going for an MRI examination, you must answer a questionnaire to see whether there are any contraindications to undergoing such an examination, (for example, a pacemaker or metal shards in the eyes). When coming into an MRI suite, any metal you have (a ring, coins, etc.) is removed. If you are claustrophobic, our staff will take care of you to help you get through your examination.

The technologist installs a coil on the body part to be examined (e.g. the knee). This coil will produce detailed images in this area. During the examination, you may communicate at any time with the technologist via a microphone.

The studies last on average between 20 and 50 minutes. Some studies will require the injection of a contrast medium (dye) intravenously. Each examination produces an average of 100 images that one of our MRI radiologists will analyze. A prepared report will then be sent to your physician.

Radimed at Pointe-Claire has an MRI device for the examination of the extremities. This device is unique in Quebec. Only your wrist, elbow, knee or ankle penetrates into the small magnet while you are sitting in a very comfortable chair. The magnet is a miniature one but with the same magnetic force (1.5 Tesla) as the large magnet.

Questionnaire:

A questionnaire must be completed by you or your physician before the examination. The following must be acknowledged:

  • Implants
  • Jewelry
  • Metal in your body

Upon making an appointment, you will speak with the technologist to ascertain that you are in accordance with the questionnaire regarding the requirements to undergo an MRI examination.

The questionnaire is very important for your safety and also to obtain good images.

Don’t forget to tell the technologist if you are pregnant.

Unique in Quebec!

Radimed at Pointe-Claire has an MRI device for the examination of the extremities. This device is unique in Quebec. Only your wrist, elbow, knee or ankle penetrates into the small magnet while you are sitting in a very comfortable chair. The magnet is a miniature one but with the same magnetic force (1.5 Tesla) as the large magnet.

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In development

Preparation

Do not wear deodorant or antiperspirant before the examination (bring your previous films and reports)

Do not drink or eat anything 3 hours before the examination

Duration of exam

20 to 50 minutes

Examinations not covered by the RAMQ. Most group insurance plans reimburse the cost of such examinations. Inquire if your plan covers the examination. We accept applications from the CSST and the SAAQ.

Service offered in 3 of our clinics

Westmount Square
West-Island
Ville Saint-Laurent

Radimed

Westmount Square

Open weekdays 07:30 - 20:00

1 Carré Westmount C210,
Westmount, Québec H3Z 2P9

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