Fear Not, Part 3: Every Day People Decide to Delay or Skip Important Health Screenings Because They are Apprehensive

Ingenia Pediatric 9Here, Porter’s professionals take a look at three diagnostic tests and help calm your fears, because taking these tests could save your life. The next is a MRI.

Most of the fear comes from the unknown. Why am I having the test? What is involved? How do I prepare?

Why You Need It
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive medical test that uses a powerful magnetic eld, radio frequency pulses and a computer to produce detailed pictures used to treat, diagnose and monitor disease. An MRI can also provide more information about a problem detected on an X-ray, ultrasound or CT scan. “MRIs are useful to create images of nearly every part of the body,” said Radiologist Omar Barakat, M.D. “We use them to look at the anatomy of muscles, tendons and ligaments, and internal organs such as the liver, kidneys, heart, brain, and spine.”

What to Expect
When you have an MRI in Porter’s wide-bore (wider opening) scanner, you will be placed on a sliding table by the technologist and positioned comfortably. e technologist slides the bed into the machine and enters a dierent room where the scan is started. You are asked to remain very still. A tapping or knocking noise will be heard during the imaging process. “Depending on the number of images necessary, the study will generally take between 15 to 20 minutes,” noted Dr. Barakat.

Good to Know
Porter’s wide bore scanner is more open so many tests are done without placing your head inside. “If you are claustrophobic or for tests requiring your head to be inside the scanner, Porter oers specially designed glasses that let you see outside the bore or hole,” said Dr. Barakat. “In addition, you will always be able to communicate with the technologist via intercom.” Plus Porter’s wide bore scanner also has an iPod docking station, CD player and radio if you wish to listen to music to help you to relax.

Dr. Barakat is a radiologist and an independent member of the medical stay at Porter Regional Hospital. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Radiology.

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