MRI FAQs

What is an MRI Scan?

 Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a method of looking inside the body.  Instead of X-rays, the MRI scanner uses magnetism and radio waves to produce remarkably clear pictures of your head, spine or other parts of your body. There is NO Radiation involved. 

What do I need to do to prepare?

 No special preparation is needed, unless your doctor has given you other instruction.  We will provide you with MRI approved clothing. 

What if I have metal in my body?

If the metal is in the area we are scanning, it can possibly affect the quality of the images. Some sequences have metal reduction to assist with image quality. Most metals are safe and will not interfere with the scan.

What if I am Claustrophobic?

Claustrophobia is defined as "a fear of being in a confined or enclosed place."  Many people can complete the scan without medication, keeping in mind that you are not completely enclosed - our machine is open at both ends and has a large bore.

What if I am Pregnant?

 We normally do not scan pregnant patients in the first trimester, unless there is a serious medical condition to warrant the scan. 

Will I need contrast?

Contrast is not needed on all MRI exams, but is used during certain exams in conjunction with the routine sequences to assist with the diagnosis. 

MRI Safety

Magnetic Resonance is a non-invasive and safe way to scan.  As MR works with a strong magnet and radio waves, you will need to tell us if any of the following applies to you. 


The following are things we are unable scan

Cardiac Pacemaker

Implanted Cardioverter

Defibrillator


The following things need safety clearance before scanning:

Aneurysm Clips

Electronic implant or device

Neurostimulator or Biostimulator

Spinal Cord stimulator

Cochlear implant or implanted hearing aid

Aortic or Carotid Artery Clips


The following are things we can scan, but need to know about:

Insulin or infusion pump

Any type of prosthesis or implant

Artificial or prosthetic limb

Hearing Aid

Aortic or Carotid Artery Clips

Metallic stent, filter, or coil

Shunt (spinal or intraventricular)

Eyelid spring or wire

Wire mesh implant

Radiation seeds or implants

Joint replacement

Metal Rods, Plates, Screws, Clips, Staples, Sutures or Pins

Dentures or partial plates

Shrapnel or Gunshot Injury

IUD/Diaphragm or Penile Implant

Tattoo's, Body Piercing

Transdermal Patch


Have you ever worked grinding metal?

 If yes, we may need to do an x-ray before the scan.