Common Questions

How do I schedule an appointment?

Patients can either call our toll-free number at (800) 730-9263 to schedule a procedure, or book online.

What is MRI?

MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging and is a non-invasive method for doctors to look inside a person’s body.  Unlike CT scans, MRI does not use radiation and is therefore easier on the body.

Is MRI appropriate for everyone?

No. There are certain conditions that can make MRI dangerous. Women who may be pregnant should check with their doctor before a procedure. Persons with Pacemakers are fully prohibited. Persons who may have fragments of metal embedded in their bodies (metal workers, for example) must be thoroughly examined prior to MRI. Certain types of implants can also make MRI dangerous. As a general rule, we advise people with any non-organic objects in the body to notify a doctor and the MRI facility prior to scheduling the exam.

What’s that “banging” noise?

It’s completely harmless.  In order to produce images, the machine must rapidly change the strength of the magnetic field. To achieve this, gradient coils twist–and bang–within their housing.

How long does an MRI exam take?

20-60 minutes, depending on the section of the body and the age of the equipment.

How should I prepare for my MRI exam?

All you need is to dress in comfortable clothes with no metal. If necessary, the MRI facility can provide suitable clothing for your exam. Do not wear jewelry and avoid using make-up (which may contain metal flakes). There are no dietary restrictions for an MRI procedure.

What happens after my test?

The radiologist (a doctor specially trained to read X-Rays and MRIs) will interpret your images and send a report to the physician who ordered your test. Your doctor will then discuss the results with you at your next visit. Occasionally, you or your doctor will receive a copy of the images. If you need a set for a second opinion, please inform the MRI technician prior to your test.