MRI patient guide
“My doctor says I need an MRI. What do I need to know?”
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MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) uses radio frequency waves and a strong magnetic field to provide detailed clear pictures of internal organs and tissues. These pictures provide the physician a tool that assists in making diagnoses and treatment decisions about a wide range of conditions.
If you have artificial joints, pacemakers or other medical devices, let the staff know. These can affect the accuracy of the exam.
You may be asked to put on a robe that will be provided to you by our center.
If there is a chance you are pregnant, please let the technologist know prior to the test.
The test is performed in a small space. Feel free to talk with your technologist if you are concerned. Alternatively, we offer OASIS high-field, open-sided MRI that may be a more comfortable experience. Please ask us for more information. Learn more about OASIS high-field, open-sided MRI.
The test isn't painful, but requires you to lie still. Please talk with your technologist if you begin to feel uncomfortable during the test.
This test generally lasts 25 to 60 minutes.
A radiologist will read and interpret the results of your scan and send a report to your physician. Your physician will share the results with you in a few days.
If your doctor has given you an order for sedation that must be taken prior to your exam, please bring the medication with you and report to Community Imaging Centers one hour prior to your actual appointment time. You must bring someone with you to drive you home after the test.
If you are having an MRI of your abdominal area, please do not eat or drink for four hours prior to the exam.