Frequently Asked Questions
What is MRI?
MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. It is a magnet based imaging device that images your body based on the way it acts in a magnetic field.
When will I get my report?
Your report will be emailed to you within 24 hours of your exam. You should take your report with you to your doctor to determine what therapy/treatment options would be best, if any.
Do I need contrast for my study?
For a basic extremity exam of the bones, joints or spine, contrast is usually not necessary. There are some circumstances where an exam would need contrast within the joint called an arthrogram. This would have to be scheduled with a radiologist to have a procedure performed prior to the exam. Unfortunately we are unable to perform arthrograms at this time.
How should I prepare for an MRI?
You should dress comfortably on the day of the exam. You may be asked to wear a gown during the exam. Please refrain from wearing any jewelry, these items will have to be removed prior to the exam. Please bring any documentation regarding implants that you may have in your body such as pacemakers or other implants.
Do you take insurance?
We do not take insurance. However, some insurance companies will count the cost of the exam towards your deductible or even reimburse you. You will need to check with your insurance company prior to your visit for additional details.
Who shouldn't get an MRI?
If you have an implantable device such as a pacemaker, cochlear implant or nerve simulator, you may not be able get your exam. Other metallic foreign bodies from grinding, gun shots, or shrapnel may disqualify you from the exam. A screening form will be used to make sure that it is safe to enter the magnet. Our MRI technologist will discuss your screening at your appointment.
What if I can't understand my report?
The Report page on our website will help identify some terms in your report that may be difficult to understand. The radiology report is designed to help other medical personnel understand your images and contains medical language. The report should be taken to your doctor to discuss the findings and the best direction to take whether that includes treatment or no treatment.
Are MRIs safe?
Yes, MRIs are extremely safe. They do not use ionizing radiation such as other imaging modalities such as CT or xray. There are small risks when it comes to allowing metal into the MRI room. You will be screened by a certified MRI technologist to make sure it is safe to enter the MRI room. If you have any implantable medical devices, you should let the technologist know. You should bring your documentation of your medical device to the appointment. Other risks involve that of retained metallic foreign bodies such as gun shot bullets and small metallic fragments from grinding or welding. Please let our technologist know of any such things.
Should I have an MRI if I am pregnant?
You should not get an MRI if you are in your 1st trimester of pregnancy. Other than that, there are no known dangers of getting an MRI later in pregnancy.
What if I get scared or claustrophobic during the exam?
The technologist can see you and hear you throughout the entire scan. If you decide to stop the scan or need to exit the scan, just let the technologist know and they can remove you immediately.
Do you have any evening or weekend hours?
Yes! We are now open Wednesday evenings until 8p and Saturday mornings until1p.