Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf initiated the first MRI diagnostic test in Gulf County on June 3.


Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf initiated the first MRI diagnostic test in Gulf County on June 3. 



A new, state-of-the-art mobile GE Signal 1.5 Tesla unit will be providing Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) on Mondays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. 



MRI is an advanced diagnostic test that uses computers and magnetic fields, rather than radiation, to capture images of the human body.  Although MRI is a very advanced medical technique, the MRI is probably one of the easiest and most comfortable exams you may ever experience.



The technologist will simply ask you to lie down on a cushioned table which will automatically move into the magnet after you have been comfortably positioned for scanning.



For certain studies, a contrast injection may be required. However, unlike many other contrast agents, MRI contrast does not contain iodine and therefore rarely cause allergic responses. The average scan takes 20-60 minutes dependent upon the specific test ordered.



Appointments are required. To schedule a MRI at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf, call 229-5802.