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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Fairview Range is home to the very latest and best imaging technology used to detect serious medical conditions and health problems.  The Diagnostic Imaging Department on the Fairview Range Medical Center campus is staffed by highly trained technologists and expert physicians who have built one of the Midwest's premier imaging departments for early detection of diseases.

What is an MRI?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is one of the most advanced diagnostic tools available to physicians. MRI is used to exam the brain, bones, joints, muscles, heart and blood vessels using a strong magnet and radio waves. MRI is a painless procedure that uses no radiation to produce a computer image.

Preparation

You may eat, drink and take medications as usual the day of your exam. If you are claustrophobic, you may be sedated to ensure you are comfortable and calm during the procedure. If this is the case, your regular doctor will request sedation and you will need to arrive at the Diagnostic Imaging Department one hour before your appointment. You will also need to bring someone to drive you home. 


It is important to keep all metal away from the MRI, therefore you will be asked to remove all jewelry, belt buckles, metal zippers, glasses, coins and other metal from your clothing and body. 


Please let your physician or technologist know if you have any of the following: 

■ Cardiac pacemaker or heart valve 

■ Cochlear or stapedial implants 

■ Brain, aortic or cartoid clips 

■ Neurostimulators 

■ Insulin pump 

■ Electrodes from heart monitor 

■ Hearing device and/or dentures 

■ Shunts

■ Bones with metal pins, screws, etc. 

■Harrington rods 

■Prosthesis

■ Metal mesh or wire structures 

■ Shrapnel 

■ Metal in your eye or tattoo eyeliner

What to Expect

Your regular physician will refer you to Fairview Range Diagnostic Imaging. A technologist will take you into the MRI room and make you comfortable on the exam table. The table will move into the cylindrical magnet where you will be positioned throughout the test - usually between 25 and 45 minutes. The part of your body that is being studied will be in the center of the magnet. Throughout the test you will be in constant contact with the technologist through a microphone and viewing window. A radiologist will review your MR image and forward the findings to your physician, who will go over them with you.

More Info

The Diagnostic Imaging Department is located on the second floor of Fairview Range Medical Center in Hibbing. Use the north parking lot and entrance to find us. We are pleased to answer any questions you may have. For more information of any diagnostic service or to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 218-362-6626

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