Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is another modern diagnostic imaging technique that produces cross-sectional images of your body. Unlike CT scans, MRI works without radiation. The MRI tool uses magnetic fields and a brief pulse of a radio frequency. Tell your doctor if you have implants pacemakers, defibrillators, metal clips, or other metal objects in your body before you undergo an MRI scan

The MRI scan itself is not painful. While the scanner is on, we will ask you to lie as still as possible. The technologist will try to make you as comfortable as possible, but the position of your body, during the MRI scan, may increase any existing pain you are experiencing. For your added comfort, we provide padding and music during your exam. Some may experience discomfort if they are claustrophobic. The opening in our MRI is a “wide bore” opening and is very comfortable to most people. If you have any concerns, please contact our office.

A typical exam will usually last between 20-25 minutes. More involved exams can take up to an hour.

How You Should Prepare For Your MRI –

  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.
  • You may eat and drink normally.
  • Wear comfortable clothing without metal. You may be asked to wear a gown.
  • Take your regular medications unless your physician instructs otherwise.
  • Please complete the 2-page screening form provided to by our office.

*There is no post-procedure care following your non-contrast MRI. You can resume all activities as directed by your physician.

MRI’s With Contrast –

This procedure is done to help add clarity to your MRI image. You are given an injection of contrast media as part of your MRI exam. The following post-procedure care is recommended:

  • Drink an extra 24ozs or 3 glasses of water over the next 24 hours.
  • If you experience any redness, swelling or soreness in the area o your injection, please call our office at (740) 454-3273 Monday-Friday (8-5) or after hours (740) 454-3273 to reach our physician on call.
  • If you experience trouble breathing, dizziness, lightheadedness, hives, chest or throat tightness or any unexplained sudden changes, please call 911or go the nearest emergency/urgent care. You may also call (740) 454-3273 to reach our physician on call.