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  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

  • MRI machine

    A magnetic resonance imaging scan is performed inside of a large open-ended cylindrical magnet that has a patient table in the center. MRI uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to image the body. Due to the presence of this strong magnetic field, it is important to let the technologist know of any metal on or in your body.

    Some MRI exams require an injection of an MRI contrast or dye. Typical MRI studies require 30 to 60 minutes. It is important not to move during the exam to ensure accurate imaging.

    All MRI exams are interpreted by a board-certified radiologist with subspecialty training in MRI. Magnetic resonance imaging is commonly used to examine the brain, spine, joints, abdomen, heart and blood vessels.

  • Magnetic resonance imaging uses a strong magnetic field and radiowaves to image the body. MRI is commonly used to examine the brain, spine, joints, abdomen and blood vessels. Some MRI exams require an injection of an MRI contrast or dye. It is important not to move during the exam. All MRI exams are interpreted by a board-certified radiologist with subspecialty training in MRI.