Community MRI & CT Services oﬀers state-of-the-art 1.5T magnetic resonance imaging services on our wide-bore uMR® 570 MRI scanner. The MRI system, with a wider bore, provides a more comfortable experience for patients, and can help reduce claustrophobia.
Our MRI system brings image quality, speed, and comfort to patients in our community. We oﬀer advanced imaging exams for a variety of specialties including neurology, orthopedics and oncology.
About your MRI Exam
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive advanced way to look inside your body without using radiation.
MRI uses a large magnet, radio waves, and a computer to visualize signals from your body. These signals produce the images that will assist your physician in making a diagnosis and planning treatment.
MRI makes it possible to visualize certain types of tissues and can provide important information about the brain, spine, joints, and internal organs.
Preparing for your MRI Exam
Depending upon the MRI exam scheduled, you may need to prepare for your exam as follows:
- Abdomen and/or Pelvic Exams: It is important you do not eat or drink for four hours prior to your exam.
Please inform your physician if you have any of the following, which may interfere with your MRI exam:
- Claustrophobia (fear of closed-in places)
- Metal in your eye from high-speed grinding or metal work
- Metal or metal plates in your body
- Surgical clips
- Joint replacement, joint pins or bone pins
- BB’s, gunshot wounds or shrapnel
- History of kidney disease
- Heart valve replacement
- Are you pregnant or breastfeeding?
Please wear comfortable clothing with no metal buttons, belts or zippers. When you arrive, the technologist will ask you to remove anything metallic, such as a hearing aid, partial plate, jewelry, hairpins, credit cards, watches, coins and keys.
During your MRI Exam
Your exam will take 30-60 minutes to be completed. The technologist will assist you onto the scanning table, which will slide slowly into the opening of the magnet. You won’t feel anything but you will hear the sounds of the scanner working. It is important that you move as little as possible during your exam. In some cases, the physician may order an injection of contrast in your arm.
An audio system is installed which allows for communication with the technologist and listening to music during your exam. The technologist can see and hear you at all times and is readily available to assist you. At the conclusion of your exam, the technologist will help you off the table.
After your MRI Exam
A radiologist will interpret the images produced from your exam and will forward a report to your physician. Your physician will inform you of the results.