Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the chest is the preferred examination for studying and analyzing peripheral and muscle masses in the chest cavity. This examination is generally prescribed to detect or examine chest cavity pathologies such as:
- Chest trauma
- Deformity of the chest wall
- Bone disease
For the examination, we will ask you to:
- Put on a hospital gown and remove your jewelry, along with any metal objects that could affect image quality.
- Lie comfortably on a mobile examination table in a well-lit and ventilated room. Depending on the type of examination, a contrast agent such as gadolinium may be injected to capture more accurate images.
- If you wish, wear earplugs or headphones with music. The MRI machine produces a noise similar to percussion and this can be annoying for some patients.
- Remain still for 20 to 60 minutes while the examination is performed.
The length of the examination and the noise generated by the machine may cause some discomfort. At ImagixTM, our technologist sees and hears you at all times and will make sure you are comfortable and feeling well throughout the examination.
To help you plan, please note that the total length of your visit may vary between 60 and 90 minutes, even if the examination itself only takes between 20 and 60 minutes.
A medical prescription is required to perform this examination.
Please note that MRI examinations are not covered by the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ). However, most group insurance plans cover the costs.
If your healthcare professional has prescribed this examination or if you have any questions, contact us at 1 833 590-2715.