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Learn more about MRI and know what to expect.


Our MRI scanners feature a large opening, which provides our patients with a comfortable atmosphere. An MRI takes pictures of the body from all angles so providers can look at body parts, organs, and tissues from head to toe.

Instead of X-rays, MRI uses a large magnet and radio waves to create detailed images. Some patients may be injected with a special dye for better image contrast to obtain additional information.

MRIs can help physicians diagnose several different conditions, including:

  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Tumors
  • Certain spinal conditions and diseases
  • Hydrocephalus (water on the brain)
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Cancer
  • Musculoskeletal problems affecting tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bone marrow

What to expect

  • To prepare for an MRI, which takes 30 minutes to an hour to complete, please follow all instructions from your physician.
  • Remove all metal objects (such as glasses, belts, and jewelry).
  • Do not wear makeup, which can contain some metal.
  • Let your physician or MRI technician know if you’ve had any previous surgery, have implants like a pacemaker, have metal splinters in your body, have tattoos, or are pregnant or might be pregnant.
  • Remain as still as possible during the procedure.