What is neuroimaging?
This special imaging procedure uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology to examine problems with the neurological system.
What can you expect during your exam?
When you arrive for your exam, you will fill out a medical history questionnaire and sign a consent form. If a contrast substance will be used during the exam, lab work may be completed to check your kidney function. The technologist will either give you a gown or check your clothing for metal before placing you on an exam table. Pillows and pads may be used to keep you comfortable and still.
A radio antenna device, called a coil, is positioned around the upper part of the head. Once you are in proper position, the table moves inside the MRI scanner. Series of images are taken in short intervals. You may hear thumping noises as the scanner takes the pictures. It’s important to remain as still as possible to avoid blurry images.
Depending on the reason for the examination, a contrast material may be injected intravenously (IV) into the body to enhance the visibility of tissues or blood vessels.