Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center in New Albany, Indiana has a Dedicated Extremity MRI. The MRI provides high field image quality, as well as a totally non-claustrophic and comfortable MRI experience for patients. This system consistently provides reliable, high image quality scanning of the hand, wrist, elbow, foot, ankle, and knee.
The powerful imaging capability combined with the consistent positioning of the anatomy to be scanned will provide image resolution for superior diagnostic capability.
MRI: A Fast, Simple Examination
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a safe, totally painless way for your physician to look into your body. The pictures created during the exam look at the soft tissue and provide information that can improve the diagnosis.
What is MRI?
MRI is a way of looking inside the body without x-rays. The exam uses radio waves and a magnetic field to create images of the soft tissues of the body.
How Long Will the Exam Take?
Most exams take about 30 minutes to complete. You should plan to arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time.
Will I Feel Anything?
No. There is no pain, vibration, or unusual sensation. The MRI will produce a mild tapping sound during the exam.
Please DO NOT bring the following (or any metal items) into the exam room:
- Credit Cards
- Pocket Knife Money Clip
What Do I Need to Do During the Exam?
Nothing! Just recline and relax in the exam chair. You can listen to music or sleep during the exam.
How Should I Prepare for the MRI Exam?
You can eat, drink and take regularly prescribed medications prior to the exam.
If you will be having a leg exam, clothing free of excessive metal decorations is best. Jeans and pants with zippers are fine; shorts are ideal. Athletic/compression clothing made of spandex should not be worn as some of the material has metal threads that can heat up during the MRI.
You will be asked to remove your watch, credit cards, jewelry, keys, pocket knife, hearing aid, or any other metal objects before approaching the MRI. The magnet could affect items of this type or the items may affect the magnet. You will be provided a locker to place your belongings in.
How Is the MRI Preformed?
You will be asked to recline in a comfortable chair and the technologist will position you. The chair will be moved toward the magnet opening and you will insert your hand, arm, leg, or whatever area is being scanned. Only the extremity being imaged will be inside the machine, so your head and body will remain outside at all times. You will be asked to remain still during the examination.
What Do MRI Images Look Like?
MRI Images look a lot like a conventional x-ray except they provide much more detailed information. The images will be provided to a radiologist who will review that information and send a report to your Kleinert Kutz physician. Those findings will be shared with you and the physician will answer any questions you may have.