Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) generates images of the body without using radiation. Instead an MRI uses strong magnets and radio waves to create an image. In many cases, such as with the brain, an MRI provides the best detailed image available. In other instances, a CT scan may be more effective, depending on the part of the body being evaluated. The target areas of an MRI are the brain and spine.

A special preparation may be required prior to this procedure if anesthesia is received prior to the exam.

Your physician must order and schedule this procedure with the Diagnostic Imaging Department.
What to expect

You will be asked to lie on a comfortable table. This table will move into a ten foot long, tubular shaped machine. Where you are positioned within the machine depends on what part of the body is being examined. The imaging process takes approximately 30-45 minutes. This is a painless exam and there are no side effects.

The report is generally available in 1-2 days and will be called to your physician. Results must be given to the patient by their physician.