Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an imaging technique used to produce high-quality images of the inside of the human body. We offer a patient friendly, 1.5 tesla state-of-the-art MRI system.
While there is no preparation required for this particular imaging technique there are contraindications that should be considered.
You CANNOT have an MRI if you have any of the following:
- A pacemaker
- Aneurysm clips
- Cochlear (ear) implants
- Cardioverter defibrillators
- If you have any metal in your body (e.g. artificial joints, metallic valves, shrapnel) you must inform us upon scheduling your appointment. Depending on what the metal is you may not be able to have this type of scan.
Rarely, some patients are claustrophobic and are anxious about having this exam. If appropriate and safe for you, your physician may order a mild sedative. In such cases, you must be accompanied by a person who will drive you home.
Appointments available 8 am - 5 pm, Thursdays and Saturdays
The day of your appointment
- Please arrive 20 minutes prior to your scheduled time so that you may complete the registration process.
- Once the registration process is complete, you will be directed to the Diagnostic Imaging Department and a certified MRI technologist will explain the exam to you.
- Prior to your exam it is necessary for you to remove all metallic objects (e.g. jewelry, glasses, clothing with zippers) and put on a hospital gown.
- If your exam requires contrast, the technologist will explain the procedure to you and you will then be asked to sign a consent form prior to the administration of the contrast.
- You will be placed onto the exam table and moved into the scanner. During the exam you will hear a knocking or thumping noise but we will provide you with earplugs or earphones for your comfort.
- During the exam you must lie still so that the technologists can obtain the images. There is a microphone inside of the unit should the technologist or you need to communicate with each other.
- The procedure may take between 20 to 40 minutes.
Once your MRI is complete, you may leave and your results will be forwarded to your physician for a follow up explanation.