MRI Scan

What is it?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI, uses a magnet and radio waves to look inside your body.


Diagnosing torn ligaments, tumors, brain or spinal cord conditions, examining organs.

What Happens

You lie still on a table that slides inside a tunnel-shaped machine. You may ahve ot hold your breath for parts of the exam. For some MRI scans, you may receive a "contrast dye," which makes parts of your body show up better. The dye can be given through an intravenous (IV) tube or a syringe in your arm. Some dye is given in a drink. 

What You Need to Know

If you are scheduled for an MRI:

  • Wear comfortable clothing.
  • Avoid wearing jewelry and eye make-up because anything with metal may interfere with the accuracy of the film image.
  • Tell your doctor of MRI technologist if you:
    • are pregnant or think you may be pregnant
    • suffer from claustrophobia
    • have metal implants or joint replacements
    • have an implanted pacemaker, cerebral aneurysm clip, hearing aid, or neurostimulator
    • have metal shrapnel or metal fragments in your body

An MRI scan requires a referral from your physician. To find a physician, call 844.GO.SOVAH.