MRI & Open MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is one of the most technologically advanced diagnostic tools available. MRI uses a powerful magnet, low intensity radio frequency pulses and computer technology to create detailed images of the soft tissues, muscles, nerves and bones in your body. In many instances, it replaces the need for X-rays and exploratory surgery. MRI uses no radiation.  Depending on your physicians order, an IV injection of contrast may be required for your scan.

Your technologist will conduct the test from an adjacent room. You will be able to communicate with your technologist through a patient intercom system during the entire exam. You should remain relaxed and as still as possible. You will hear a thumping sound from the MRI system that ranges from barely audible to quite noticeable.

Most exams take 30 to 60 minutes to complete and you may resume normal activities afterward. If you have taken any medication to relax prior to your exam we ask that you bring a driver for your safety.

A radiologist will interpret your exam and the results will be electronically sent to your physician within 8-24 hours.


As an added convenience for claustrophobic patients, CRIC offers the option for an open MRI exam. Unlike other magnets, this unit is open on 3 sides allowing for more space during the exam. Many patients who were previously unable to complete testing report feeling less confined and more relaxed in this scanner. If you have claustrophobia and you and your doctor feel the added space benefits of this scanner would be ideal for your exam, please let our team know upon scheduling.



MRI Resources:

All About MRI Exams
MRI Exams and Safety Concerns