Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is one of the most technologically advanced diagnostic tools available. MRI uses a powerful magnet, low intensity radio frequency pulses and computer technology to create detailed images of the soft tissues, muscles, nerves and bones in your body.

In many instances, it replaces the need for X-rays and exploratory surgery. MRI uses no radiation. Depending on your physician’s order, you may be qualified for MRI under anesthesia due to anxiety or other clinical reasons. To get more information about MRI under anesthesia, click here or contact our office.

What to expect?

  • Preparation for your MRI will depend on the type of exam. Before your MRI scan, please contact us, so we can provide specific instructions and review your health and insurance information.
  • Because of the magnetic field, you will be asked to wear metal-free clothing or to change into a gown. You also will be asked to remove any metallic objects, such as jewelry, watches, and hair clips.
  • Most exams require no preparation except for the following:
    • For an MRI of the Abdomen or Pelvis, it is important to have nothing to eat or drink, including water, for four to six hours before your exam. A sip of water to take prescription medication is allowed.
  • Your technologist will conduct the test from an adjacent room. You will be able to communicate with your technologist through a patient intercom system during the entire exam.
  • Most exams take 30 to 60 minutes to complete and you may resume normal activities afterward. If you have taken any medication to relax prior to your exam, we ask that you bring a driver for your safety.
  • A radiologist will interpret your exam and the results will be electronically sent to your physician within 24 hours.
MRI Machine