MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
Region’s First & Only 3T MRI
Why 3T MRI?
Your doctor loves 3T MRI because it has the most powerful magnet clinically available, delivering crisp, high-quality images your doctor needs for diagnostic confidence. You’ll love it because our 3T MRI has a more spacious opening and a shorter magnet design–creating a more comfortable imaging experience for you.
What is an MRI?
MRI uses a powerful, but harmless, magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed images of body structures such as the brain, the spine, and other vital organs. This technology enables physicians to detect developing diseases or abnormalities.
What to Expect During an MRI
The average MRI scan takes 30-60 minutes.
- You will lie on a cushioned table, which will automatically move into the magnet after you have been comfortably positioned.
- The technologist will leave the room but you will be in constant contact with him or her throughout the entire exam.
- When the MRI scan begins, you will hear a muffled thumping sound, which will last for several minutes. Just relax but try to lie as still as possible since any movement during this time will blur the picture. Other than sound, you should experience no other sensation during scanning.
Preparing for an MRI
- If your surgical or occupational history includes metal work (ex. welders, grinders, etc.) or metal implants, please be sure to tell the technologist prior to your exam. Preliminary X-rays may need to be taken.
- Please bring previous X-rays applicable to the exam.
- You may eat and drink prior to the exam.
- Please take any medications you may currently be taking.
- You CANNOT have the exam if you have any of the following: Cerebral aneurysm clips, Certain heart valves, Cochlear implants, Metal filings in the eye or a Pacemaker.
- Your doctor may prescribe medication prior to the exam if you think you may be claustrophobic. 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.