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About MRI

When doctors need clear pictures of your internal organs or soft tissue to make an accurate diagnosis, they may request magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Riverhills Neuroscience, with three Cincinnati, Ohio, area offices in Norwood, Westside, and Anderson, as well as an office in Crestview Hills, Kentucky, offers advanced high-field MRI that produces better images in a shorter amount of time than “open” or low-field MRI scanners. Onsite neuro-radiologists are available to consult directly with the ordering physician. Riverhills Neuroscience provides MRI imaging at the Norwood location. They offer evening and weekend imaging appointments. Call the office today or request information online. 


How does MRI work?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an advanced scanning tool that uses powerful magnets, radio waves, and computer technology to create detailed images of your internal body parts. 

It’s noninvasive, painless, and safe. And, unlike X-rays and CT scans, you’re not exposed to radiation during the test. 

Riverhills Neuroscience is the largest physician-owned practice in the Cincinnati area and provides many services, including onsite MRI scans at their Norwood location. 

They offer evening and weekend appointments and can schedule an MRI on the same day you visit your doctor. They also provide pre-authorization services for insurance coverage. 

What should I know about a closed high-field MRI?

A closed high-field MRI is an advanced MRI scanner and the one used at Riverhills Neuroscience. The closed, high-field MRI uses technology that allows for faster, quieter, and more comfortable imaging than other MRI scanners, including open MRIs. 

Benefits of the high-field MRI at Riverhills Neuroscience include:

  • Capturing images 1.5 to 2 times faster than an open MR
  • Capable of creating images of smaller areas with greater detail
  • Providing better scans for more accurate diagnosis

The MRI at Riverhills Neuroscience is wider and shorter than other closed MRI machines, making you feel less claustrophobic.

Riverhills Neuroscience does magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) and magnetic resonance venography (MRV) to diagnose stroke and blood vessel disease. 

They also provide diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) and apparent diffusion coefficient mapping (ADC), which are brain scans that detect areas of brain damage following a stroke.

How do I prepare for an MRI?

Riverhills Neuroscience provides specific instructions on how to prepare for MRI. In most cases, you can eat, drink, and take medication like normal. You must come to your MRI dressed in comfortable clothing, remove all metal objects (dentures, hearing aids, and watches), and leave all valuables at home.

What can I expect during an MRI?

Your provider at Riverhills Neuroscience customizes your MRI scan based on the amount of information requested and the area of the body undergoing imaging. MRI scans take 30-90 minutes. 

The technologist has you lie on the padded table and positions you in the MRI machine. You hear a knocking or thumping sound throughout the entire procedure. You’re given earplugs or earphones to block out the noise.

The technologist communicates with you during your MRI. Once complete, you can resume your normal activities.

Call Riverhills Neuroscience today or request information online to learn more about MRI scanning.