MRI machineMagnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an imaging technique that utilizes a strong magnetic field, radiowaves, and computers to produce highly detailed images of your internal organs and structures. MRI is in many cases one of the most accurate methods of radiological imaging available today to obtain diagnostic information about your body without the use of radiation or other invasive procedures. It is particularly well suited to imaging of the brain, spine, muscles, tendons, and joints.

To undergo your MRI procedure, you will be asked to lie on a table which will then move smoothly into the magnet opening. The room itself will be slightly cool due to the computers that are used. During the scan itself, you will notice a somewhat loud “knocking” sound. The MRI technologist can provide blankets and earplugs for your comfort. The most important thing you can do for a successful MRI exam is to relax and lie very still so that the best images possible can be obtained. There is also an intercom system should you become uncomfortable and need to talk with the MRI technologist during the exam. Most MRI procedures take from 30 to 60 minutes to complete.

MRI Scan Preparation



MRI Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Will it hurt?
No. Since MRI is non invasive, the exam is painless. However, your doctor may ask us to utilize contrast or “dye” to better visualize certain body parts. If so, you will receive a simple injection into an arm vein prior to the exam.

Can I listen to music during my MRI?
Yes. You can bring your favorite CD and we will play it for you during your exam.

Is the machine open at both ends?

Do I have to wear a gown or scrubs or can I wear my own clothes?
As long as you do not have any metal on or in your clothing you can wear your own clothes. We want you to be comfortable.

How long will the scan take?
Depending upon the procedure ordered, the scan will take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes. If your doctor orders a scan on more than one body part, the time will be longer.

How long does it take to get my results?
After the scan is completed, the technologist will print all of the images onto film and give them to our radiologist. He will study the films and dictate a report which will be sent to your doctor who ordered the procedure. This process usually takes from 24 to 48 hours. However, if you have an appointment with your doctor sooner than 48 hours after your MRI examination, your doctor’s office can call us for the results.

Can I take my films with me?
Yes. Please inform the MRI technologist prior to your scan that you need a set of films for your doctor and we will have them for you after your scan is completed. It is very important to take these films with you to your doctor’s appointment.

What if I am really nervous or claustrophobic? Do you provide sedation?
No, we do not provide sedation. However, you can ask your doctor to prescribe sedation for you. You must bring a driver with you to your appointment if taking oral sedation.