Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses magnetism and radio waves to produce images of most areas of the body.

What to expect during your MR exam

Before your exam

  • Dress comfortably. You may be given a gown or shorts to wear during your exam.
  • You will be asked to complete one or more exam questionnaires. Please bring a list of your medications.
  • An IV may be started prior to your exam if your exam requires IV contrast.

During your exam

  • You will lie either head-first or feet-first on the exam table and the table will move you into the bore of the magnet. (The body part that is imaged must be in the center of the magnet).
  • You will be given earplugs to protect you from the loud radio waves and a call button to hold during the exam.
  • MRI exams usually take less than 30 minutes

After your exam

  • Once the MR scan is completed you may resume your normal activities.
  • You will be given special instructions after your exam.
  • Your MR scan will be interpreted by a board-certified radiologist and printed results sent to your physician.