What can I expect during my MRI visit?

The open design of our MRI scanner will comfortably accommodate a variety of patients. The large opening of wide-bore MRI scanner can help improve the comfort of children, patients with mild anxiety or claustrophobia, large patients and patients with shoulder injury.

Physicians use MRI to find diseases or abnormalities in the body without using X-rays. MRI uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the body. MRI is non-invasive and painless. Most MRI scans require fewer than sixty minutes to complete.

During an MRI scan, you lie on a cushioned table that moves into the scanner. An injected contrast agent may be used. MRI contrast agents rarely cause allergic reactions.

Before the Exam

Before the Exam

Arrive fifteen minutes early to complete paperwork. Inform your referring physician if you have ever experienced claustrophobia. If necessary, your doctor can prescribe a mild sedative before your appointment. If you receive medication, bring someone to drive you home.

• Contact us to find out if you have any restrictions on what you can eat and drink before your appointment.

• Take your regular medications prior to your exam.

• Bring your insurance information, as well as any applicable diagnostic imaging CDs.

• Leave valuables at home. No metal objects can be worn during your scan (such as watches, jewelry, keys, or cell phone).

• You may be asked to wear a hospital gown or your own clothing if there are no metal snaps or zippers.

Notify Our Staff in Advance If You:

• Have implanted devices

• Have any serious health problems

• Have had any surgery within the last eight weeks

• Have ever had surgery on your brain, ears, eyes, or heart

• Have metal in your eyes, or work with metals

• Have a bone or joint replacement or any prosthesis

• Are or may be pregnant or breastfeeding

• Weigh more than 350 pounds

Obtaining Your Results

Your MRI scan will be reviewed by a radiologist. The radiologist's interpretation will be faxed to your physician within 24 hours, your physician will give you the results of your scan and plan the best course of treatment for your recovery.

Important Considerations:

You should not have a MRI scan if you are pregnant or possibly pregnant.