To make an appointment, we will need:
Because of the potentially harmful effects associated with some metallic objects in a magnetic field, you should check with your physician or the MRI technologist if you have had any brain, heart, eye, ear or other surgeries. Also if you have any of the following please let the technologist know:
You may NOT have the scan if you have the following:
If you are pregnant please notify the technologist.
No special preparation is needed. Eat normally and take medication as usual, unless your doctor has given you other instructions. You may find it easier to relax if you avoid drinking coffee or other caffeinated beverages before the exam.
The exam can last from 30 minutes to usually no more than one hour.
An open MRI means you will not be placed in a tunnel or tube. It is open on all 4 sides, allowing you to see around you. With an open MRI, you can have a friend or family member by your side during the examination. We also proved music for your relaxation.
Magnetic resonance imaging is very safe. There are no health risks associated with the magnetic field or radio waves used during the exam. However, some special circumstances limit the use of a magnetic field, so it is important for you to tell us if any of the following apply to you or someone accompanying you into the exam room:
Any metallic substance on your person can affect the quality of the diagnostic images. It can also cause discomfort or injury to you when placed in the magnetic field, and may exclude you from the exam.
Also, be sure to tell us if you are pregnant.
The MRI scan is completely painless and comfortable. Occasionally, an injection of a solution called contrast material may need to be used to better visualize the area of interest as specified by your physician. The contrast material used during an MRI scan typically has few or no side effects.