Wilmington Health Radiology uses state-of-the-art equipment to provide high-quality, high-speed images.
Our experienced staff includes board-certified technologists who perform magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
At Wilmington Health’s 1.5T 450w Gem MRI suite at 1202 Medical Center Drive in Wilmington, Radiology can perform cutting-edge imaging, including high-resolution, detailed:
- Neurology and orthopaedic imaging
- Breast imaging
- Cardiac imaging
- Contrast and non-contrast imaging
- Abdominal imaging
- Pelvic imaging.
The Gem features the most up-to-date software available from GE, and it can produce higher resolution images and allow for thinner “slices” of the area being viewed, so the image quality is the best possible.
Prior to your exam, please review the following checklist:
- Please bring previous X-rays, any related exam reports, such as CT, US, or any prior MRI exam reports that are applicable to the exam. The radiologist may want to review them. (For example, if you are having a knee MRI, bring any previous X-rays of your knee.)
- Most exams do not require fasting. However, abdominal exams require nothing to eat or drink by mouth 4 hours prior to the exam.
- You can take any medication you may currently be taking. It is not necessary to stop taking it prior to the exam. In fact, the exam will be much more comfortable if you continue to take your medication.
You cannot have the exam if you have any of the following:
- Certain cerebral aneurysm clips (magnetic)
- Certain heart valves
- Cochlear implants
- Metal filings in the eye
- Deep Brain Stimulators
- Neuro stimulators that have been implanted or explanted
- Pregnant patients.
You will be asked a series of questions concerning your surgical and occupational background. If this history includes metal work (welders, grinders, etc.) or metal implants, please be sure to tell the technologist prior to your exam. Preliminary X-rays may need to be taken.
If you think you may be claustrophobic, ask your doctor to prescribe medication prior to the exam. If you do receive medications, please bring someone with you who will be able to drive you home, because you will not be able to drive yourself.
An MRI scan is probably one of the easiest and most comfortable exams you may ever experience. The technologist will ask you to lie down on a cushioned table that will automatically move into the MRI machine, which is open at both ends. The technologist will be in contact with you throughout the entire exam.
When the MRI scan begins, you will hear a muffled thumping sound that will last for several minutes. All you need to do is relax and lie as still as possible, because any movement during this time can distort the image. When the scanning is complete, the technologist will assist you off the table.
For some studies, a contrast agent may need to be injected to better visualize the area being examined. Unlike contrast agents used in other radiology studies, MRI contrast agents do not contain iodine and rarely cause allergic reactions or side effects.
If you need a contrast injection, please tell your doctor, nurse, and/or MRI technologist if you are:
- Allergic to any medicine, either prescription or over the counter
- Aware of any other medical conditions, especially allergies or asthma (history of), kidney disease, diabetes, or heart disease
All of this is done in a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. The Gem has a 70cm-wide bore, which is wider than most other MRI systems in the Wilmington area. Plus, it can accommodate patients weighing up to 500 pounds.
Patient comfort is key. The Gem offers feet-first imaging for nearly all exams, upgraded table cushions to increase the comfort level, and music to listen to during the exam. Because the Gem is fixed within the building, patients don’t have to travel to a mobile unit.