Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a 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 sophisticated computer to take high-resolution pictures of your bones and soft tissues. Our open-model MRI machine alleviates the claustrophobia some patients feel with a closed-model MRI.

Preparing for an MRI:
  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your MRI or injection appointment.
  • Examinations may take 45 minutes.
  • Eat and drink normally. However, keep in mind that it may be easier to relax if you do not drink too much liquid immediately before the scan.
  • Take your regular medication unless your doctor instructs otherwise.
  • Wear comfortable clothes without metal fasteners. You will be provided an examining gown.
  • Notify the staff if you have metal in your body (e.g., welding or cutting shavings, or shrapnel).
  • Notify the staff as early as possible if you have any health aids or appliances (e.g., pacemaker, hearing aid, dental bridges, clips, implants or surgical staples) or if you are pregnant.
  • We suggest you place your valuables, wallet or handbag in a secure place prior to entering our facility. However, we do have lockers available.
  • Wearing eye shadow or mascara is not recommended. 

MRI Patient Questionnaire (PDF)