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MRI

A Better MRI Experience.

Not every patient is the same, and lucky for you, not every MRI machine is either. Our center offers a large-bore 1.5T MRI machine that has a larger, shorter bore for greater comfort and less anxiety for claustrophobic patients.

What is an MRI?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive medical imaging test that uses a strong magnetic field, gradients, and radio waves to create images of the body’s internal organs and structures. It does not use ionizing radiation or X-rays to produce the image. The resulting images reveal details that are invisible or hard to see when using other methods, such as X-rays, Ultrasound, or CT scans. Providers often rely on MRI images for an accurate diagnosis of a variety of injuries, conditions and diseases.

For your safety and comfort:

  • Patients will be asked to complete a form documenting medical history information. The technologist will review this form with the patient prior to performing the exam.
  • Patients with implants in their bodies, such as pacemakers or stimulators, may not be able to have an MRI.
  • Patients with piercings may be asked to remove them prior to having the exam. The magnetic field will cause metal to heat up and could result in burns around the piercing.
  • Patients will be asked to change into scrubs. Metallic fibers are used in many apparel materials and can heat up during the exam. To avoid the risk of burns, scrubs will be provided to wear during the exam.
    • A locker will be provided to store clothing and personal items during the exam.
  • Your technologist will conduct the test from an adjacent room. You will be able to communicate with them through a patient intercom system during the entire exam.
  • The exam is painless and to ensure a comfortable experience, the technologist will provide pillows, headphones, music and warm blankets.
  • Most exams take 30 to 60 minutes to complete and you may resume normal activities afterward. If you have taken any medication to relax prior to your exam we ask that you bring a driver for your safety.