MRI

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, 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.

Preparing For Your Exam

In addition to our general preparation instructions, you will be asked to change into a gown prior to your MRI.

Due to the powerful magnets that the MRI machine uses, it is important to remove the following items before entering the machine:

  • Jewelry
  • Watches
  • Glasses
  • Hairpins
  • Hearing Aids
  • Bras with Underwire
  • Dentures

Before your MRI, please discuss with your doctor if you have any of the following, as the magnetic field may cause interference:

  • Defibrillator
  • Pacemaker
  • Artificial heart valves
  • Metal clips
  • Cochlear implants
  • Metal prostheses
  • Tattoos
  • Any other metal in the body

If you are having an MRI of the prostate, you are asked to have an enema the night before your exam. Please do not consume any food for four hours prior to your appointment.

If you are having an MRCP, please do not consume any food for four hours prior to your appointment.

Please continue to take all of your prescribed medications. Bring a list of your medications to your appointment that includes the name of the medication, the dose, and the dose frequency.

For additional information, please visit RadiologyInfo.org.

During Your Exam

Our state-of-the-art MRI machines are short, tube-like structures. During the procedure, you will lie down for the duration of the test. You will be able to hear the voice of the technologist who is conducting the MRI from an attached room. You will be able to speak to him/her via a microphone located within the MRI machine. You will also hear tapping during the test.

After Your Exam

Once your MRI is complete, a radiologist will study the images and share the results with your doctor. Your doctor will then discuss the findings with you at your next appointment. You will not receive results at the time of the MRI.