Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

MRI, or Magnetic Resonance Imaging, is a test that uses a powerful magnetic field and radio waves to create high resolution, 3-Dimensional images of your anatomy.   MRI does not rely on ionized radiation (like that used in CT, or X-Ray), which makes for a safe testing experience.  MRI is a versatile tool that allows your physician to gain a much clearer perspective on your healthcare needs.  

During your MRI, we will place the area of concern in the center of our magnet bore.  We use an “Open-Bored MRI.”  The bore is only 4 feet long and is fully open at both ends.  While imaging your body, the MRI unit will pass radio waves, much like those used by your favorite radio station, through your body.  This process is painless and does no harm to you at all.  You may feel some tingling or warmth in the area we are examining, but nothing more.  MRI units do create a lot of noise while in use, but you will be provided with something to suppress the noise.  Most procedures will take less than 30 minutes.


What To Expect Before Your Test


We will contact you in the days leading up to your appointment in order to gain some medical history information.  This interview is very important to us.  It allows us to ensure your safety and to prepare for your test.  Please disclose any information regarding your health.


Day of Test


Before entering the examination room, you will be asked to remove any electronic devices, anything made of metal*,  or anything that has a magnetic strip from your person.  Such things may include:

·         Bra

·         Wallet

·         Belt

·         Jewelry

·         Cell Phone

·         Credit Cards

·          Drivers’ License

·         Partial/Bridge

·         Hearing Aids


*Rings can stay on as long as the are Gold, Silver, or any other precious metal.

Upon entering the examination room, you will be given ear plugs and you will be positioned on the table.  The area we are imaging will be placed in the center of the magnet.  It is very important to remain as still as possible throughout the entire length of the exam.  The technologist’s will be able to speak to you during the test and will check up on you regularly.  Some tests will require the use of a contrast agent.  Most often, your contrast injection will come towards the end of the test. 

After the Test

Your doctor will receive a written report from our radiologist.  This report will arrive 24-48 hours from the completion of the exam.