Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is an MRI?

A: An MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed images of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures. Telemetry units and infusion pumps may not enter the magnet, and patients with a pacemaker cannot have an MRI. Patients with aneurysm clips, filters or stents, metallic implants and injuries involving metal fragments will need to be evaluated to determine if an MRI can be performed.

Q: What is menopause?

A: Menopause is the point in a woman's life when she has not had a menstrual period for one year. Menopause marks the end of the childbearing years. It is sometimes called "the change of life." For most women, menopause happens at around age 50, but every woman's body has its own time line. As you get closer to menopause, your estrogen levels go up and down unevenly. This causes changes in your period and other symptoms, such as hot flashes, headaches, and sleep problems. After your estrogen levels drop past a certain point, your menstrual cycles end. Menopause is a natural part of growing older. You don't need treatment for it unless your symptoms bother you.