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Frequently Asked Questions

  What is an MRI?
  Can I get an MRI?
  What are the advantages of Open MRI?
  How do I prepare for an MRI
  What can I expect at my MRI exam?
  What do I do after my exam?
MRI defined
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic tool used by physicians to look inside the human body. The advanced technology uses a large magnet, radiowaves and a computer to scan your body and produce detailed images. MRI is a painless procedure and does not use any ionizing radiation.

Open MRI Advantages
  • Eliminates the anxiety of a noisy, narrow, closed MRI scanner.
  • Is ideal for all patients including claustrophobic, elderly and pediatric patients.
  • Allows hands on contact at all times.
  • Children and adults can hold their loved ones hands for comfort.
  • Professional and compassionate staff focus on patient's individual needs.

  • Preparation
    Follow your normal routine. You may take regularly prescribed medications and there are no dietary restrictions.
    Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time to complete necessary paperwork.
    The technologist will ask you to change into a gown if your clothing contains any metal including zippers, snaps or under wire.

    Please note that an MRI exam is not suitable for everyone.
    Notify our facility prior to your exam if you have any of the following:
  • Cardiac pacemaker
  • Metal in eye including implants
  • Internal defibrillator device
  • Pregnant
  • Bone graft or neural stimulators
  • Cerebral aneurysm clips
  • Cochlear implants (ear)
  • Shrapnel

  • What to expect
    A typical exam takes approximately 40 minutes to complete.
    The technologist will assist you onto an automated table that positions you into the scanner. You will hear a series of noises while pictures are being taken.
    For your comfort, ear plugs or head phones for music listening are provided and you will be able to communicate with the technologist during the entire exam.

    After the exam
    Follow your normal routine.
    Your exam will be interpreted by our radiologists and their findings will be reported to your physician. Your physician will then be able to discuss the results of your MRI with you.