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MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging) and MRA (Magnetic resonance angiography) are two of technology's most advanced tools for today's physician. MRI is an imaging test which looks inside your body without surgery to see the various organs and tissues. MRA is a similar imaging test that is used to see the arteries and veins in your body without the need for an invasive procedure. Neither test uses radiation that is used in both X-rays and CT scans. There is no pain or known side effects. This test can give your doctor valuable information about you and your body that cannot be obtained any other way.

How should I prepare for the exam?
  • No special preparation is needed prior to the MRI exam. You may continue your usual diet and medication unless your physician has instructed you otherwise.
  • No physical side effects, you can drive yourself to and from the exam.
  • Bring any pertinent Xrays, CT scans or previous MRI exams, as well as your insurance information.

We offer a 1.5 Tesla Short Bore MRI as well as an open scanner for patients who are claustrophobic, including children.

What is the exam like?
  • The exam may take up to 30 minutes. The actual time will depend on the type of information your doctor is seeking. For your comfort, you will be asked to empty your bladder before the start of the exam.
  • You will probably be asked to change into an examination gown. Your own clothing’s metal snaps or zippers might impair the exam.
  • A qualified technologist will lie you down on a contoured cushioned table which slides into the examination area.
  • Relax and try to lie as still as possible. Any movement during this time will blur the picture. Although the technologist does not remain in the room during the exam, they will be in constant contact with you both visually and through an intercom. When the exam is complete the technologist will help you off the table.
  • The only thing you will experience during the exam is the natural rhythmic sounds of radio frequency pulses. These knocking sounds range from barely audible to quite noticeable. Earplugs will be available for your comfort.

Please check the following list carefully!

MRI is not for everyone.
You cannot be examined by MRI if any of the following pertain to you:
  • Pacemaker
  • Some Intracranial Aneurysm Clips
  • Metal fragments in one or both eyes
  • Cochlear Implants (metal)
  • Implanted Spinal Cord Stimulator
  • Body piercing (must be removed)
  • Pregnant
  • Recently placed metallic vascular stents or metallic vascular filters