Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an imaging technique that uses a strong magnet, radio signal, and a computer to produce pictures of the inside of your body with great detail. It allows the doctor to obtain pictures of bone and soft tissue in two or three dimensions. The scans are painless and use no X-ray.


If you choose to do an MRI, you will be placed on a padded, motorized table, which glides into the large magnet. The magnet is round and open at both ends.

  • Part of your body, from head to thigh, will be in the magnet.
  • The inner part of the magnet is lighted and ventilated for your comfort.
  • You will hear loud tapping noises during the scanning process.
  • You will be given ear plugs to help you during your scan.
  • The technologist will be able to see and hear you at all times during the scan.
  • The time for the entire scan ranges from 45 to 60 minutes.
  • To obtain the best images of your body, it is very important that you lie still while the MRI machine is scanning.