Our 1.5T Closed (High Field) MRI and 0.35T Open (Permanent) MRI use radio waves and a strong magnetic field to provide very clear images of the body, without radiation.


Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses radio frequency waves and a strong magnetic field to provide remarkably clear and detailed pictures of internal organs and tissues. The technique has proven valuable for the diagnosis of a broad range of pathologic conditions, including cancer, heart and vascular disease, stroke, joint and musculoskeletal disorders. MRI requires specialized equipment and expertise and allows evaluation of some body structures that may not be as visible with other imaging methods. Because MRI can give such clear pictures of soft-tissue structures near and around bones, it is the most sensitive exam for spinal and joint problems. MRI is widely used to diagnose sports-related injuries, especially those affecting the knee, shoulder, hip, elbow and wrist. The images reveal very small tears and injuries to ligaments and muscles.
Some MRI studies may require the injection of a contrast dye. This type of study improves visualization in disease detection and characterization, as well as increasing differentiation between normal and abnormal anatomic structures.

How Should You Prepare For MRI?

There is no need to alter your diet or medication prior to an MRI examination. The only exception is an MRCP MRI/abdominal. For this specific test, you cannot eat or drink two hours before the exam. Remove any metal items before the test. Let us know in advance if you have any implanted devices, pacemakers or metal clips in your body.




Important MRI Examination Risks

Patients with metallic implants, pacemakers, metal clips, or stents must notify the ordering clinician prior to the MRI appointment. The items listed below may interfere with MRI studies, or they may be hazardous to your study. If you have any of the following, please inform the ordering clinician or the nurse screener for MRI.


Claustrophobia Management

If you are claustrophobic, then please ask your physician to prescribe anti-anxiety medications to take prior to the MRI study on the day of your examination. For your own safety if you have taken an anti-anxiety medication, then you will be required to have a designated driver to drive you home once the study is complete.


No food or drink for 6 hours prior to the examination. You may have water only.
MRI Abdomen or MRI Pelvis (non-musculoskeletal)
No food or drink for 4 hours prior to the examination, if possible. This will aid the radiologist in distinguishing the anatomy of the area of interest during your examination.

MRI Breast

Please schedule your breast MRI within 7-10 days of your menstrual cycle. If the MRI breast order is urgent, then this preparation will not be enforced.

What to Expect During Your MRI

You may be asked to change into a gown. During your MRI you will lie motionless on a comfortable padded table. 

The table will slide into the MRI machine. 

During most MRI exams you will hear loud thumping noises or knocking sounds while the magnet is working. 

If the noise from the machine is uncomfortable for you, we provide headphones. Even with headphones, you will be able to speak with the technologist by intercom if you have a question or concern about the test. You must lie as still as possible, so we can obtain the best picture. Typically, an MRI exam lasts about 20-30 minutes, however the exam time can vary based upon the specific nature of your individual study. You will be reminded to tell the MRI technologist if you feel noticeable discomfort from the contrast dye. It is normal to feel a cool sensation at the injection site which will subside when the injection is finished.

How Should You Prepare Prostate MRI Imaging?

If you are having a prostate MRI, you should prepare just as you would for any MRI. Alert the technologist of any metal and or implanted devices you have in or on your body. The technologist will check your implant(s) for their safety and compatibility before you enter the MRI room. In most cases, you can eat and drink before your MRI.
Before the MRI, please remove glasses, pens and pencils, hearing aids, hair accessories, dentures and partials, infusion insulin pumps, jewelry, TENS units, coins, credit cards and bank cards, wallets and purses, keys, pocketknives, pagers, phones and safety pins.
We recommend that you wear comfortable clothing without metal snaps, hooks, belts or zippers. You may need to wear an exam gown during the study because metal objects on your clothing affect the quality of the images.
What to Expect During Prostate MRI
We will first ask you several questions about past surgeries or injuries to ensure you can safely undergo an MRI exam. During the exam, you will be placed on a padded table that slides into the MRI unit. Once inside the magnet, you will be instructed not to move. You will hear a pronounced thumping noise from the machine. This is normal. We will offer you headphones if the noises are uncomfortable for you. The exam will take about 30 minutes. After the test, you will be free to leave and resume normal activities.

The difference between Low Tesla and High Tesla MRI

0.35T Open (Permanent) MRI

• Lower magnetic fields strength (Bº) below 1 Tesla
• Lower image quality as compared to higher tesla MRI
• Relative longer scan time than high field MRI
• Difficult to scan special MRI procedures like Abdomen, MRCP Pelvic Perfusion, Brain Perfusion etc.


1.5T Closed (High Field) MRI

• Higher magnetic field strength (Bº) above 1T
• Higher image quality
• Faster scanning time with good image quality
• Wider bore magnet which allows to scan larger body patient
• It allow to scan special MRI procedures such as

1. Abdomen
3. Pelvis (including Fistulography)
4. Prostate with Perfusion
5. Brain Perfusion
6. MRA
7. MRV, etc.

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