Hours:  Monday – Sunday, 7:00AM – 7:00PM

What is an MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is one of the most technologically advanced diagnostic tools available. MRI uses a powerful magnet, low intensity radio frequency pulses and computer technology to create images of the soft tissues, muscles, nerves and bones in your body. There are no known side effects of MRI and it uses no radiation. In many instances it replaces the need for CT or X-rays, which do utilize radiation to produce images.

How Does an MRI Work?

The main component of the MRI scanner is a large magnet. This magnet causes your body’s hydrogen atoms to align themselves in such a way as to receive radio signals from the magnetic resonance system. When your body receives these signals, it reacts by sending its own radio signals back to the machine. It is this radio-frequency transmitted by your body that is computer­processed and turned into detailed images which are read by radiologists.

What Can I Expect

Please plan to be in the imaging center for approximately one hour for your MRI exam. The MRI technologist will walk you through
a series of questions to ensure we have all the pertinent information needed prior to your exam.

The technologist will then ask you to change into a gown or scrubs and to remove any metal from your person. We will give you a locker to secure all of your belongings. The technologist will make you comfortable on the table, provide you with ear plugs or headphones to listen to music, and will then begin the exam.

Most MRI exams last between 20 and 40 minutes. After your exam most patients are free to leave the imaging center immediately. We will send a report of your MRI study to your provider within 24 hours.

Are MRI Exams Safe?

For most patients, having an MRI exam is safe and painless. However, because MRI uses a strong magnetic field, some patients may not be able to have this type of exam.

Please check the following list carefully and inform your medical provider if you have, or have had, any of the following:

  • Pacemaker
  • Aneurysm clips
  • Inner ear (cochlear) implants
  • Implanted spinal cord stimulator
  • Metallic implants
  • Metal fragments in one or both eyes

Please also let the MRI technologist know if you:

  • Have dental bridges
  • Wear hearing aid(s)
  • Have ever been a metal worker
  • Are pregnant or think you might be