MRI: What to Expect


Welcome to Barrington Orthopaedic Specialists, we have a high field MRI scanner conveniently located in Schaumburg in the same facility as the Barrington Orthopedic Physician’s office and Rehabilitation Center.   At this location, you’ll find qualified, dedicated and service-oriented staff working to provide you with the most complete and accurate medical imaging possible.

To achieve the highest-quality results for you, our staff stays on the leading edge of technological innovation while paying special attention to your comfort and concerns.  The High Field MRI system allows us to offer our patients the newest, most relevant technology in MRI services.

Barrington Orthopedics MRI location in Schaumburg is accredited by the American College of Radiology. We are committed to providing the highest level of care to all of our patients. For more information about the American College of Radiology, please click on the link above.

Barrington Orthopedics is committed to complying with all applicable laws and regulations in the service of our patients.  Protection of our patients’ information is paramount to Barrington Orthopedic Specialists and its affiliates and Barrington Orthopedic Specialists adheres to all privacy laws including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to protect your privacy.  Barrington Orthopedic Specialists utilizes a comprehensive risk management program to assure effective and safe patient care you’ll find qualified, dedicated and service-oriented staff working to provide you with the most complete and accurate medical imaging possible.

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What is an MRI Scan?

MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, is an established medical procedure that may help your physician quickly diagnose your condition or injury. Painless and non-invasive, MRI causes no known side effects and does not utilize radiation.  MRI uses magnetic frequencies to obtain detailed images of structures within your body.

What Happens during an MRI scan?

Depending on the exam needed the MRI procedure will 25 to 45 minutes to complete. Each procedure usually includes several sets of scans, with each taking three to five minutes.
As a patient, you will lie on a comfortable table within the interior of the MRI, which is lit and ventilated for your comfort. The MRI scanner produces a gentle pulsing or tapping sound during the imaging process. Throughout the procedure, you will be in contact with a registered MRI technologist via intercom.
It is important to remain as still as possible while the scanner is in operation so that it can capture the most accurate images possible.

Why is MRI important?

MRI can provide your physician with images of body structures that may otherwise not be seen. Your physician can use the information gained from these images to detect disease or injury and effectively make treatment decisions.

What parts of the body can be viewed with MRI Scans?

  • Brain – including orbits, iac’s and brain stem
  • Spine – cervical, thoracic and lumber – and soft tissue of the neck
  • Upper joints and extremities, including shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand and fingers
  • Lower joints and extremities including hip, knee, ankle, foot and toes
  • Pelvis
  • Blood vessels in the brain and neck

Three related tests, MRA (magnetic resonance angiography) and MR arthrography and post MR Arthrograms use the same technology as MRI. MRA scans produce detailed images of blood vessels. MR arthrography provides images of joints and the spaces within them.  MR Arthrograms feature a mixture of dilute non-infused iodinated contrast and gadolinium contrast is injected to the affected joint space utilizing fluoroscopic guidance and aseptic technique.

Can anyone undergo an MRI exam?

Most patients can comfortably undergo an MRI scan. However, metallic objects may cause artifacts and affect the image quality of the scans.

Please inform us immediately if you have any of the following:

  • A prosthetic heart valve.
  • A surgical clip or any metallic implant
  • Aneurysm clips.
  • Cochlear implants (ear implants)
  • Neurostimulators
  • Suffered shrapnel wounds
  • Metallic chips in the eye (work with metal or have been exposed to metallic dust or splinters)
  • Told you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant
  • A cardiac pacemaker
  • Medicated skin patches

How to Prepare for your MRI

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment
  • Bring your doctor’s orders and your insurance card(s)
  • You may follow your normal routine including taking your regular medications
  • Do not wear perfume, cologne or scented lotions
  • A gown will be provided and you will be asked to remove all metal, battery operated and electronic objects including keys, wallets, fit bits, cell phones, hearing aids and lock them in one of our secured lockers
  • If you have concerns about feeling claustrophobic please discuss this with your physician prior to your MRI appointment
  • Earplugs will be provided to every patient for hearing protection
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