MRI is short for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. It is a safe and painless way for your doctor to get a 3D image of internal organs, blood vessels, muscles, joints, and more without exposing you to harmful radiation.
The MRI machine creates images of the inside of your body by using a magnetic field and radio waves that are sent through your body. You will be placed in a coil appropriate for whatever body part is being imaged and that coil along with the computer will produce a picture of your anatomy. This is a painless and relatively quick experience.
No. You can keep to your regular everyday routine, including eating, drinking and taking any medications you need.
Yes. Because of the strong magnetic field, the MRI exam room prohibits any metal objects and certain medical devices. A more complete list can be found on our Restrictions page.
Yes, we do allow you to bring someone with you into the room as long as there are no contraindications for that individual as well (see Restrictions) . This person can talk to you during your scan.
Additionally, there is an intercom system that allows you to communicate with the technologist at any time throughout the scan should you need to.
Most exams last about 15 minutes. Some scans may require more time, but usually do not exceed one hour depending on the amount of scans being performed.
You can wear your own clothing into the scanner if it is free of all metal like sweat pants or elastic band items.
If you are wearing items with metal you will be provided with either a gown or scrub pants to change into prior to your exam.
We do prefer that you leave most valuables at home but you will be provided a locker for your belongings if you need one. The key to the locker is safe to go into the room with you during your exam.
Yes, we do have 500 pound weight limit. Most facilities only accommodate up to 350 pounds but with our bigger scanner the weight limit has been extended as well.
We're in network with most insurances. Contact us today for availability and requirements.
Cost will vary depending insurance plans allowable, the body part being scanned, use of contrast media, and other factors. Contact us for more information.