Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MRI gives extremely clear, detailed cross-sectional images of soft tissue structures in the body that other imaging techniques cannot achieve. One advantage of MRI is that there is no use of ionizing radiation to create an image. MRI uses a strong magnetic field and radio frequency waves to obtain images.

How to prepare:

  • Remove all jewelry-metal
  • Continue any daily medications
  • If exam is abdomen or pelvis, you need to fast 4-6 hrs (fasting includes food only)
  • Please drink water to ensure hydration
  • Ask doctor if you need current lab work done (prior to exam)
  • If you suffer from claustrophobia, request medication from doctor to bring with you and take prior to your exam. If so, you will need someone to drive you home.
  • Arrive 30 minutes prior to appointment time to register and complete necessary paperwork.

What to expect:

  • You will be placed in a hospital gown. Your belongings will be put into a locker.
  • You will be given earplugs and your choice of music.
  • You will lay on your stomach or back on a table that slides into the magnet
  • If your doctor orders exams to be done with contrast, a vein in the arm will be accessed.
  • You will be instructed not to move.
  • If your exam is of the abdomen, you will be asked to follow breathing instructions.
  • Results will be sent to the referring physician within 24-48 hours.