In contrast to the more common X-ray that uses ionizing radiation, MRI uses a strong magnetic field, radio wave and a computer. This enables MRI to
make very detailed pictures of bone, organs, soft tissues and any other body structures. Patients are positioned on a moveable exam table. A coil containing small components that send and receive radio waves may be placed around the portion of the body being examined. If the patients’ particular procedure requires a contrast dye then the MRI technologist will insert an IV line into a vein in the hand or arm. The MRI technologist will be able to communicate with the patient through a sound system at all times. In addition, the patient will have headphones and will be able to listen to the music of their choice throughout their procedure.