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MRI is a painless diagnostic test that uses a strong magnetic field to produce detailed images of the structures inside the body without surgery or ionizing radiation (X-rays). MRI technology can “see” inside of the bones, as well as provide a clear picture of soft tissues and organs. MRI uses a large magnet, radio waves, and a computer to produce these images.

MRI is one of the safest imaging techniques available. It causes no pain and the magnetic fields produce no known tissue damage of any kind.

  • Abdomen
  • Brachial Plexus
  • Brain
  • Carotid
  • Chest
  • Extremities (all)
  • IAC/Posterior Fossa
  • Liver
  • MR Angiography (MRA)
  • MR Arthrography
  • MR Cholangiography
  • Orbits
  • Parotid
  • Pelvis
  • Pituitary
  • Renal
  • Sacrum and Coccyx
  • SI Joint
  • Shoulder
  • Soft Tissue Neck
  • Spine (C, T, L)
  • Sternoclavicular
  • TMJ - temporomandibular joint

Because some metal interferes with the MRI machine, the following may prevent you from undergoing a MRI exam:

  • Brain aneurysm clips
  • A pacemaker or pacing wires
  • Metal fragments in one or both eyes
  • Inner ear implants
  • An implanted spinal cord stimulator or brain stimulator
  • Metallic plate, pin, or other implant
  • History of injury during military service

Before Your MRI Scan

Please bring previous imaging study results (MRI, CT, X-rays) such as reports, films or CDs, if available.

Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. There are usually no diet instructions prior to your MRI exam, and you should continue medications prescribed by your doctor unless informed otherwise. Women should inform their technologist if there is any possibility of pregnancy.

If you are claustrophobic you may want to ask your physician for a prescription for a mild sedative prior to your scheduled MRI. In that case, be sure to arrange for someone to drive your home after your exam is finished.

What to Expect

A MRI technologist will escort you to the MRI suite where you will see a machine that looks like a large, hollow tube with a padded table attached to it.

Depending on the exam, a solution, called contrast, may be administered, usually with an IV. You will be given earphones to wear so you can listen to music during the procedure. When you are comfortable, the table will move into the tube-shaped scanner. Your exam will be complete within 30 to 60 minutes.

After Your MRI Scan

Your MRI scan will be read by our team of expert radiologists. A final report will be sent to your doctor, who can then discuss the results with you in detail.