(MRI) Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Instead of X-rays, MRI uses magnetic fields, radio waves and computers to acquire images, analyze the data, and display all parts of the body. We use a state-of-the-art open-bore magnet design, which means more patient headroom, legroom and elbowroom. Most exams are done with the patient’s head outside the open-bore magnet.

Having an MRI? Some things to note:

  • Please bring copies of any previous related X-rays/results with you to the exam. The radiologist may want to review them. (Ex: If you are having a MRI of the knee, please bring any prior X-rays of your knee.)
  • In most cases, you CAN eat and drink prior to the exam. Please call us for detailed instructions.
  • You CAN take any medications you may currently be taking.
  • You CANNOT have the exam if you have any of the following:
    • Cerebral aneurysm clips (magnetic).
    • Certain heart valves.
    • Cochlear implants.
    • Metal filings in the eye.
    • Pacemaker.
  • You will be asked a series of questions concerning your surgical and occupational background. If this history includes metal work (ex: welders, grinders, etc.) or metal implants, please be sure to tell the technologist prior to your exam. Additional preliminary X-rays may need to be taken.
  • If you think you may be claustrophobic, ask your doctor to prescribe medication prior to the exam since we will not be able to dispense any medication to you. If you do receive medication, please bring someone with you that will be able to drive you home because you will not be able to drive yourself.