magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)  

Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, is a non-invasive diagnostic tool that uses radio frequency waves and a magnetic field, rather than radiation, to crate detailed images of human anatomy. MRI is commonly used to diagnose problems that can occur in the brain, spine, body or joints and there are no known side effects.

Frequently Asked Questions 

How should I prepare for my exam?

For most exams, special preparation is not required and you can eat and drink lightly prior to the exam, as well as take any prescribed medication. For select exams, you will be required not to eat or drink for four (4) hours prior to your scheduled exam. In these instances, you will be given instructions at the time you schedule the appointment.

We suggest that you wear or bring something loose and comfortable to wear during the exam. If your clothes contain zippers or snaps, we may ask you to change into an examination gown. You will be asked to remove watches, removable dental work, hearing aids, glasses, wallet and all jewelry except silver or gold rings. Just before your exam, questions regarding your medical history and possible contraindications will be asked. The MRI exam will be explained by the technologist and you will be asked to sign a consent form. With most MRI procedures (there are some exceptions) you may listen to music, so you may wish to bring a cassette tape or CD with you to enjoy during the exam.

What do I need to do during the MRI examination?

The most important thing to do during your MRI exam is to remain as still as possible. This allows the technologist to get the best possible images.

An MRI exam involves close surroundings. If you feel uncomfortable in these situations, you should ask your physician to prescribe something to help you before arriving. If sedation medication has been prescribed, please follow your physician's and/or medical provider's recommendations to and from the facility.

While the MRI exam itself is painless, you may need an injection of contrast material part way through the exam to obtain additional information for your doctor. While the majority of patients do not require this injection, occasionally it may be necessary. Out staff is happy to work with you to help you achieve and complete a successful MRI examination. It is important that you let our staff know how we can help you make this a positive experience.

How long does the MRI exam take?

You can expect the MRI procedure to be approximately 30 - 60 minutes. During the exam, you will hear a loud knocking sound like a drum beat. The technologist will speak to you intermittently during the procedure. It is imperative to remain still at this time.

What precautions should I take?

As the MRI unit uses a safe, but powerful magnet, please call us immediately if you:

  • Have a pacemaker 
  • Have any metal implants 
  • Have any cerebral aneurysm clips or vascular clips 
  • Are pregnant or have an IUD 
  • Have ever done any grinding or welding of steel or sheet metal work, even as a hobby 
  • Have ever been exposed to shrapnel or had metal in your eyes or face 

How do I get the results of my MRI?

When the scan is finished, the images will be reviewed for quality. The technologist will not discuss the results with you. A Radiologist will study the images and the results will be reported to your physician and/or medical provider.

The MRI Department is located on the first floor of the main hospital building. 

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
                             Saturdays and Sundays: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Scheduling Office: 1-866-596-8456

Department Telephone: 845-368-5531


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