New Technology

Lakes Imaging Center is pleased to announce the installation of our new and improved high field 1.2 Tesla magnet. This MRI offers:

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Main: 218-822-6736
Toll Free: 877-522-7222
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Patient Information

Is an Open MRI right for me?

At first, it is common for many patients to have misgivings about undergoing an MRI procedure. You may be nervous about the feeling of confinement, or the length of the procedure, or whether any discomfort is involved. But, with education, many patients discover that Hitachi High-field Open MRI machines are spacious, providing superior images with minimum disturbance. Some have even been known to fall asleep during the exam. Below are basic questions and answers regarding Open MRI. We hope they both educate and reassure you about the process.

Can I choose to have my scan at Lakes Imaging Center Open MRI?

Yes you can.  Your physician may have a relationship with a particular diagnostic center and therefore prefer sending you to that particular site.  Only a doctor can prescribe an MRI, but you do have the right to have your scan performed at the center of your choice.  If your doctor is not familiar with the Open MRI or has questions about the image quality have them call Lakes Imaging Center at 218-822-6736 or visit the American College of Radiology’s website to see what it means to be accredited by the ACR.

What Should You Expect?

Your MRI scan will last anywhere from 30-40 minutes depending on the type of information required by your physician. You will need to lie still during the procedure. Using an Open-Sided MRI should eliminate any feelings of claustrophobia you may have experienced in the past.

A technologist will be able to see you at all times. For your convenience, an intercom system is built into the scanner so that if you need anything the technologist will be right there to assist you. For your relaxation, radio head phones are available for your use, or if you like, feel free to bring a CD, IPod, or IPhone from home.

In certain instances, a contrast agent may be administered to enhance the study. There are no extra precautions or prior preparations if your study requires this. Additional blood work may be required in certain circumstances. Please consult your doctor or technologist if you have any questions.

How to Prepare

No special preparation is required prior to the MRI exam. You may eat normally and go about your daily routine. Continue to take any medication prescribed by your doctor unless otherwise directed.

Prior to entering the scan room for your exam, you will be asked to leave those items that are not compatible with a magnetic field in a safe place outside the scan room. Below is a list of some of these items:

  • Bra
  • Coins
  • Jewelry 
  • Watches
  • Glasses 
  • Wallets
  • Credit Cards
  • Belts
  • Removable dentures for some exams
  • Hearing aids
  • Keys
  • Hairpins
  • Other metal objects

You may be asked to wear a hospital gown to avoid interference from buckles, snaps, or zippers on your clothing.

Once you are situated on the table, make sure you are comfortable so that it is easy to remain still for the duration of the examination. Breathe normally. There is nothing about the procedure that will make you uncomfortable. The only thing you will notice is a knocking sound that will represent the changes in the magnetic field that are part of the imaging process. Once the exam is over, the technologist will assist you out of the scan room.

Because of the potential harmful effects associated with some metallic objects in a magnetic field, you should check with your physician or MRI technologists if you have had any brain, ear, eye, or other surgeries or any of the following:

  • Pacemaker
  • Neuro-stimulator (Tens-unit)
  • Metal implants
  • Intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Aneurysm clips
  • Surgical staples
  • Implanted drug infusion device
  • Foreign metal objects in the eye
  • Shrapnel or bullet wounds
  • Permanent eyeliner (new tattos)

Note: If you are pregnant please notify your physician.

What Happens After Your MRI?

Your MRI images are interpreted by one of our eight Board-Certified Radiologists with subspecialties in musculoskeletal and neuroradiology.  The completed report will be sent to your doctor, who will then contact you with the results.  We strive to have all results to your doctor within twenty-four hours of your scan time.