MRI exams offer many advantages over other types of diagnostic imaging, including absence of radiation, accuracy, speed and versatility. If you talk with patients who have undergone an MRI, you’re likely to encounter many who will remember the loud noises the magnet makes during the exam. In addition to being safe, and pain-free, MRI machines can be loud.

At Coliseum, our registered technologists provide patients ear protection as well as headphones to listen to the music of your choice during your exam. There are exams in which the patient’s position in the magnet won’t allow for headphones, and in this case, the patient’s music choice will be featured over the speaker system in the exam room. In either case, make sure you choose music that you’re willing to resist the temptation to tap your foot or shake your shoulders because any patient movement can disrupt the image quality.

Welcome to the Coliseum Imaging Center blog! Our aim is provide helpful, accurate information and insights into MRI trends, injury awareness and prevention as well as medical imaging technology.

MRI combines strong magnetic fields along with radio waves to produced computer-generated images of organs, tissue and the skeletal system.  In many cases, MRI gives different information about structures in the body that can been seen with an x-ray, ultrasound or computed tomography (CT) scan.  Due to the high levels of magnetism, it is important to avoid introducing any kind of metal to the exam area.  According to the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), the powerful magnetic forces present during an MRI can attract metal objects abruptly and with great strength, which could cause serious harm to both the patient and the equipment.  It is crucial that one does not enter the MR environment unattended by MR personnel.