Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to produce pictures of organs and structures inside the body.  MRI will often provide physicians with more information and detail than that provided by other imaging methods.

For an MRI test, the section of the body being evaluated is placed inside a special machine that contains a strong magnet.  The digital images produced by the MRI are then saved and stored on computer for further study.

3T MRI Now Available

Higher Resolution Imaging

One of the most advanced systems of its type, the 3T MRI is currently the strongest magnet available for use in a clinical setting and allows our radiologists to get wonderfully clear pictures of many parts of the body to help your physician with a more precise diagnosis as well as earlier detection of disease in many cases. It is especially useful in imaging of the joints, extremities, brain, spinal cord and breast and when there is a need to see smaller features or more parts of the body at the same time.

Comfort

The 3T MRI machine utilizes technology that allows more space and greater comfort for the patient as compared to the traditional MRI. In many cases, exams with the 3T are also much faster.

Patient Instructions

  • Go about normal activities and take any prescribed medications, as ordered by your physician.
  • On the day of your exam, avoid wearing clothes that have metal buckles, buttons or zippers. You will be asked to fill out a questionnaire when you arrive.
  • You will be asked to a pregnancy questionnaire if you are a female between the ages of 10 and 60.

How will I get my results?

An interpreting physician (usually a radiologist) will read your exam and make a final diagnosis. His interpretation will be converted to a written report, which will be sent to the physician who ordered your exam. Your physician should present the findings of your exam to you. You may also sign up for a patient portal account at mycrmchealth.org to read your results online.