Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

What is an MRI?

The MRI provides physicians with a way to view your internal body structures utilizing a combination of radio-waves and a magnetic field.

The MRI scanner looks like a large box with an open-ended tunnel running through the middle. You will be asked to lie on a comfortable padded table that is moved into the opening of the machine where the scanning takes place.

Does an MRI hurt?

No. It is a painless procedure with virtually no known side effects. Many diagnostic tests require radiation, the MRI does not.

What happens during an MRI?

Once inside the scanner, you will likely hear loud clanking and thumping noises as the technician makes adjustments. It is important to lie as still as possible throughout the scan. Too much movement will interfere with the actual images your doctor will review.

If your scan requires "contrast," the technician will inject a vein in your arm with this material. Otherwise, the scan is the same as those without contrast.

A member of our medical staff will go over a detailed checklist prior to your MRI. This is done to let us know if any special preparation is necessary.

The scan should be completed in 30-45 minutes; you may resume all activities immediately following the scan.