Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a large magnet and radio waves to look at organs and structures inside your body. Health care professionals use MRI scans to diagnose a variety of conditions, from torn ligaments to tumors. MRIs are very useful for examining the brain and spinal cord.

During the scan, you lie on a table that slides inside a machine. Doing the scan may take anywhere from 20 minutes to 1 hour and you must stay still. The scan is painless. The MRI machine makes a lot of noise. The technologist may offer you earplugs.
Before you get a scan, tell your doctor if you:

  • Have pieces of metal in your body.
  • Have electronic devices in your body, such as:
    • Cardiac pacemaker
    • Stents
    • Wires

Mercy Medical Center is committed to providing quality MRI exams. The technologists that perform these exams have advanced training in MRI protocols and are nationally registered with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).

  • Make sure you empty your pockets of EVERYTHING
  • The strength of the MRI’s magnet can demagnetize your credit cards

An advanced trained MRI technologist will be performing your MRI. This is different from the Radiologist who will interpret the images.

Listed below are the types of MRI’s we perform.  Please visit ImageDex for more information regarding preps and what to expect.

  • Extremities (Knee, elbow, wrist, ankle, etc.)
  • Abdomen
  • Breast
  • Spine (Cervical, Lumbar, Thoracic)