An MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a medical test that is performed to help doctors diagnose a variety of medical conditions. MRIs are most commonly performed on the brain, breast, spine, heart, or legs, but they can be performed on any part of the body.

Instead of radiation, MRI uses a combination of radio waves and a magnetic field to create a detailed picture of a cross-section or slice of the body. The procedure is painless and has no side effects associated with it.

What You Need To Know Before Your Exam

  • Typically an MRI exam can range from 20 minutes to over 1 hour.
  • You will be asked to change into a gown prior to your MRI.
  • Continue to take all of your prescribed medications.
  • You will hear loud knocking and buzzing during the scan.
  • Please do not bring children under age 12 to your appointment.
MRI cinemagraph

The table moves in and out to position you for your MRI.

Listen to the sound of an MRI machine.