What: MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is state-of-the-art technology that uses a computer, a strong magnetic field and radio waves to create a sophisticated, computer-enhanced image of a specific part of the body. This non-invasive procedure is a great way to see inside the body without exposing patients to ionizing radiation.

Time: Approximately 10-40 minutes

Prep: No special preparation is required prior to your MRI exam. Patients may eat normally and go about their daily routine. If you're taking prescribed medicine, keep taking it unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Prior to your scan, you'll be asked to remove any metal from your body and leave items that are not compatible with a magnetic field in a secure place outside of the examination room. Some of these items include coins, jewelry, watches, glasses, credit cards, hearing aides, keys, hair pins, and other metal objects. 

Check with your physician or MRI technologist if you've had any eye, brain, ear, or other surgeries in the past, as well as if you have implants or any of the following:

  • Pacemaker

  • Neurostimulator

  • Metal implants

  • Intrauterine device

  • Aneurysm clips

  • Surgical staples

  • Implanted drug infusion device

  • Foreign metal objects in the eye

  • Shrapnel or bullet wounds

  • Permanent eyeliner