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OPEN MRI- Magnetic Resonance Imaging


Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, is a diagnostic imaging tool that uses a powerful magnetic field and radio frequencies to capture data that is sent to a specialized computer, which produces highly detailed images of joints, soft tissues and bones. No x-ray or ionizing radiation of any kind is needed to perform an MRI, making it a safe but thorough diagnostic tool.

Open MRI is used to accommodate claustrophobic, obese and pediatric patients. Conventional MRI scanners are a cylinder shape, while an open MRI does not completely surround your body. It is usually open on two or three sides. An Open MRI provides a more relaxed, less confining environment and lower noise levels making it less stressful for you.


What should I bring to my appointment?

  • Your insurance card

  • A valid photo ID

  • Your appointment form

  • Previous x-rays

Please arrive 15 minutes early to complete registration.

How should I prepare for my exam?

  • Please follow any instructions given by your healthcare provider.

  • MRI uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to make detailed pictures; please review our MRI metal safety checklist.

  • Wear comfortable clothes without metal fasteners, including zippers, buttons and snaps.

  • Please let us know if you have an insulin pump or glucose monitor. Our imaging machines may cause your device to malfunction, so it will need to be removed during your exam.


How long will my exam take?

Most MRI exams take 25-35 minutes- Depending on the type of MRI exam requested and the sequences needed your exam time could be longer or shorter.

What happens during my exam?

Depending on the MRI exam requested, you may be asked to change into a gown and robe. Jewelry, watches, hair clips, piercings and possibly dentures will need to be removed. A highly-skilled imaging technologist will operate the MRI scanner and tell you what to expect. An intravenous (IV) line may be placed in your arm so that contrast material can be injected. Images will be taken before and after the contrast material is injected. You will be asked to lie on a cushioned, moveable table and may be positioned comfortably with bolsters. Earplugs are also available to muffle the noise. For the best quality images, you need to be as still as possible during the exam. You will hear a drumming sound as the machine captures the images. MRI exams often include multiple phases or sequences, some of which sound different and vary in length of time. You may be asked to hold your breath for approximately 20 seconds while the images are acquired. The technologist is immediately available at all times, and can be summoned by using a call button, which will be placed in your hand. You will be in full view of the technologist by means of a window during the exam. 

What happens after my exam?

Your images will be interpreted by one of our board-certified radiologists. The findings will be sent to your healthcare provider who will then contact you to discuss the results.

You may resume regular activities immediately after your exam.

MRI Metal Safety Checklist

You are being scheduled for an MRI and/or MRA imaging procedure. Please tell us about everything placed in or on your body, even if you have had MRI scans before, as additional information may be needed prior to performing the exam.


Electronic devices

  • Heart pacemaker

  • Heart defibrillator

  • Heart rhythm/cardiac recorder

  • Nerve stimulator

  • Pain medication pump

  • Diabetic insulin pump – disposable or permanent


Ever had metal in eye(s)?

  • Yes

  • Yes, but was removed

  • Yes, but more than five years ago

  • Yes, but have had MRI since metal in eye(s)

  • Never



  • Cochlear ear implant

  • Breast tissue expander

  • Heart valve replacement

  • Heart stent(s)

  • Other stent(s)

  • Blood vessel coil

  • Blood vessel filter

  • Blood vessel graft

  • Penile prosthesis

  • Body modification implant(s)


Surgery on head/ear

  • Inner ear reconstruction

  • Stapes implant/replacement

  • Cochlear ear implant

  • Aneurysm coil

  • Aneurysm clip

  • Shunt


Medical history

  • Kidney disease

  • Diabetes

  • Pregnant/possibly pregnant


Other items

  • Claustrophobic

  • Hearing aid(s)

  • Shrapnel or gunshot wound

  • Artificial limb

  • Body piercing (other than ear)

  • GI camera pill swallowed

  • Medication patch

  • Allergy/sensitivity to medicines or Latex

  • Breast feeding

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