Department of Radiology
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a highly advanced technology that uses a sophisticated computer, radio waves and a strong magnetic field to produce very detailed images of the internal structures of your body. MRI does not use X-rays and is therefore considered to be very safe with no known side effects or health risks. The patient is not exposed to radiation.
MRI is commonly requested to help visualize the brain, central nervous system and spine, soft tissues and joints, blood vessels and organs of the chest, abdomen and pelvis. MRI can detect tumors, cysts, disease of the arterial and venous systems, soft tissue tears and many other anomalies.
Key Information About MRI:
Be sure to bring a list of current medications to your MRI exam. During your MRI, there will be up to two technologists assisting you. Your comfort is important to us. Please tell your technologist how to best help you to get on and off the table. You will be lying on your back or stomach and you will be positioned in one of three ways.
*The lumbar spine can also be scanned feet first if requested.
Some cases require an IV and injection. The contrast injected is used to enhance tissue. It is needed for abscess, infection, cancer and prior to lumbar surgeries. It is possible that you will need lab work before your MRI.
Click here to download a PDF of the MRI Screening Form.
Appointments are available Monday through Friday from 7 am to 9:30 pm.
Saturday and Sunday appointments are available 8 am to 4:15 pm.
MRI is closed on holidays.
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