Stroke. Spinal abnormalities. Cancer. Disk herniation. Heart
disease. Multiple sclerosis. Our Imaging Center's Open Bore
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) equipment can tackle the
toughest studies and the most complex pathologies.
An MRI scan is an image of body tissues that is created with a
huge magnet and radio waves. No x-ray or other high-energy
radiation is involved.
Your doctor may need an MRI image to identify injuries or better
determine if disease exists in your body. With these high-quality
images, your doctor's diagnosis will be more accurate and
dependable, and his or her ability to treat you will be even
How to Prepare for an MRI
You will want to wear comfortable clothing without zippers, snaps
or metal fasteners. You will be asked to remove hearing aids and
removable dental work.
We recommend that you leave all jewelry, watches and cell phones
at home; however, we do provide secure lockers in the dressing
Plan to arrive 30 minutes in advance so the technologist will
have time to discuss the examination with you.
If a contrast agent is to be administered, a temporary IV site
will be established in the privacy of our pre-exam prep room.
What Happens During the Exam?
The Imaging Center's MRI provides patient comfort with the
highest, safest level of scanning power.
For almost all exams, your feet go
in first and your head remains outside of the magnet. Without
question, our patients enjoy the most open scan in the
Sierra Foothills. Personal contact is even possible; for example,
holding a child's hand for comfort and reassurance. If you're
injured, our table rises and lowers to make getting on easier.
When a head-first exam is necessary, comfort remains our
priority. You'll have an open view and generous headroom with at
least a foot of space above your nose. You'll also notice much
more elbow room. No longer should you feel anxious or
claustrophobic. You will constantly be able to see the
examination room and communicate with the technologist whenever
you wish during the short scan time. We want you to relax and
You will be asked to hold still for short periods of time while
the scan is in progress. Expect to hear a series of knocking
sounds from the machine as the pictures are taken. The
technologist will be monitoring the exam from an adjoining room
and can hear and talk with you at all times.
If a contrast agent is to be administered, it will be injected
into the IV for the last series of scans and immediately removed
following your exam.
A typical MRI scan includes three to nine imaging sequences and
may take up to one hour.
What Happens After the Exam?
It will take approximately two to three business days for your
doctor to receive your MRI results from one of our radiologists. If you do not already have a follow-up appointment with your doctor, call your doctor's office a few days after your MRI. He or she may discuss the results with you over the phone or have you come in for an office visit.