What is an MRI?
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) allows your physician to see inside your body without surgery, x-rays or radiation.

How do MRI systems work?
The main component of the MRI system, or scanner, is a magnet. A radio wave antenna is used to send signals to the body and then receive signals back. These returning signals are converted into pictures by a computer attached to the scanner.

Will it hurt?
No. MRI is non-invasive, so you will not feel a thing. Since it can be noisy, we provide music or earplugs.

Is there any risk involved?
Although MRI is quite safe for the majority of patients, certain patients may not be able to have an MRI. These include people with implanted medical devices such as aneurysm clips in the brain, heart pacemakers and cochlear (inner ear) implants. Also, patients with metal fragments in the eye may not be scanned.

What should I bring with me?
Be sure to bring any X-rays, CT scans, MRIs or any other material your doctor has asked you to bring, plus your insurance card. If this is a worker’s compensation or automobile claim, please have carrier information available, too (i.e., carrier’s name, address, and claim number). By the way, if you want a friend or family member to sit with you during the MRI, we will gladly accommodate him or her, but that person must also be free of external or internal metal just as you are.

What can I expect upon my arrival at the Center?
First, you will be greeted by a Patient Service Representative at the front desk, who will collect your insurance card and ask you to fill out a personal history form. A technologist will then meet with you to review your case and explain the procedure. If necessary, you will lock up your personal items in one of our security lockers. You will then be escorted into the exam room, where the procedure will begin.

What is an open MRI?
An open MRI scanner is one that has a wider bore or is literally open on one to three sides and utilized for claustrophobic patients. All of our MRI machines are open at both ends, so patients can see and talk with loved ones and technologists at all times.

Can a pregnant woman have an MRI?
Since the long-term effects of MRI are not fully understood, pregnant women are usually not advised to have MRI scans. However, MRI may be recommended in certain cases when the benefits outweigh the potential risks.

Are MRI scans covered by insurance?
MRI is usually covered by insurance. However, you should check with your insurance provider to see what your plan covers.

Will the fillings in my teeth affect the scan?
They may cause some distortion in images taken around the mouth area. Be sure to tell our MRI technologist if you have braces or permanent bridges.

How long does a scan take?
Total scanning time usually ranges from 15-30 minutes.

What if I have additional questions?
Please feel free to call us at 717.975.0444. We will gladly answer any questions you may have.


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