Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

The St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Division is staffed by experienced MR technologists and attending radiologists who have specialized training and expertise in performing and interpreting a wide variety of MRI exams. Our section is accredited by the American College of Radiology and adheres to all practice guidelines of the ACR, as well as all state and federal regulations. Our goal is to perform your MRI study comfortably and professionally, and make the results available to your provider as soon as possible.

MRI is available seven days a week from the early morning into the evening. MRI is performed on CMP 4.

What is Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)?

MRI is a noninvasive diagnostic tool used to identify, analyze and guide treatment for various medical conditions. The superior ability of MRI to evaluate soft tissues, blood vessels, and bones makes it an indispensable tool for accurately pinpointing a diagnosis and guiding treatment. MRI technology produces clear and precise two and three dimensional images, which can facilitate early stage detection and staging of a variety of medical conditions.

MRI technology uses a magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed pictures of the human body. As the radio waves pass through the body, images are created on a computer screen for radiologists to analyze. These precise images allow radiologists to view internal anatomy without the use of radiation or surgery.


Can anyone have an MRI?

Patients with some implanted devices may not have an MRI. Possible implanted devices that can contraindicate MRI include:

  • Pacemaker (a very small number of pacemakers are MRI compatible − please refer to manufacturer's instructions or check with your physician)
  • Some aneurysm clips (please refer to manufacturer’s instructions; if you have had aneurysm surgery it is best to bring a copy of the operative note with you to your MRI appointment)
  • Cochlear implants
  • Bladder or spinal stimulators
  • Metal shavings and / or BB's in your eyes
  • Permanent eyeliner

Routine dental work does not pose a problem with the MRI procedure. Women who are in the early stages of pregnancy generally should not have an MRI, although in an emergency situations it is occasionally performed.

An MRI requires the patient to lie still to complete the exam. Infants, small children, claustrophobic patients and/or those with severe pain or physical limitations may require sedation to complete an MRI exam. Sedation, including oral anti anxiety medication, must be prescribed by your doctor before you arrive for your exam.


How do I prepare for my exam?

Learn how to prepare for your MRI Scan.

Learn More

What can I expect during my exam?

Learn what to expect during your MRI Scan.

Learn More for Patients

The radiology information resource for patients. tells you how various X-ray, CT, MRI, ultrasound, radiation therapy and other procedures are performed. It also addresses what you may experience and how to prepare for the exams. The website contains over 200 procedure, exam and disease descriptions covering diagnostic and interventional radiology, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy and radiation safety and is updated frequently with new information. All material on the website is reviewed and approved by experts in the field of radiology from the ACR and RSNA, as well as other professional radiology organizations.

Learn More