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MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a strong magnetic field, radiofrequencies, and computer technology to produce detailed images of the body. MRI scanners identify protons in the human body and use them to differentiate between different types of tissues. Physicians and patients rely on MRI to diagnose a variety of injuries and diseases in the brain, organs, spinal cord, and nerves, as well as muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Unlike x-ray and CT, MRI does not use radiation to obtain images. Our wide bore MRI scanner produces high-quality images and often alleviates concerns for patients who may be larger in size or feel anxious or claustrophobic.

Our Services

Valley Regional Imaging offers a wide range of MRI services. With over 50 years of experience, our radiologists are committed to providing the highest quality imaging services in the most customer-focused environment, where every patient is treated with the personalized care and attention they deserve.

  • MR Angiography (MRA)
  • MRI - Body
  • MRI - Breast
  • MRI - Head
  • MRI - Musculoskeletal
  • MRI - Spine
  • MRI - Arthography

What should I expect during my MRI?

How do I prepare for my MRI?

What should I expect during my MRI?

  • Your MRI scan will last 15-45 minutes depending on the body part we are scanning.
  • Due to the strong magnetic field of the machine, there will be a series of questions asked prior to your appointment over the phone and once you arrive. You will also be asked questions regarding your medical and surgical history before entering the scan room to ensure you have no metal and/or implanted devices in your body that could cause you harm or interfere with the scan quality. Once the MRI department has confirmed that it is safe for you to have the scan, you will be asked to change into a pair of scrubs and lock up all of your belongings in a locker. You will need to remove all metal from your body including jewelry, piercings, dentures, hair pins, wigs, and eyeglasses. Personal wheelchairs, walkers, and canes will not be allowed into the MRI scan room. You will also be asked to leave your cell phone, wallet, debit/credit card(s), eyeglasses or any other loose metal that may be in your pockets in the locker with your other belongings.
  • Our MRI magnet is open on both ends and is wider than most other MRI scanners. The body part that is being imaged will be positioned in the center of the magnet and you will be required to lie completely still during the actual MRI scan.
  • The technologist will need to leave the room to start the imaging sequences, but you will remain visible throughout the exam. There is also a two-way speaker system that allows the patient and technologist to communicate during the scan. The technologist will also provide you with a ball that you can squeeze in the event you experience any issues during the scan. This will alert the technologist and they will immediately enter the scan room.
  • Some MRI scans require you to hold your breath for up to 20-25 seconds. If breath-holding is necessary, the technologist will give you detailed instructions to prepare you before the scan starts.
  • Some MRI exams require an injection of intravenous (IV) contrast. This will be determined by your ordering physician depending on your diagnosis. (See how do I prepare for an MRI with IV contrast?)

How do I prepare for my MRI?

Due to the strong magnetic field of the machine, there will be a series of questions asked prior to your appointment over the phone and once you arrive. You will be asked questions regarding your medical and surgical history before entering the scan room to ensure you have no metal and/or implanted devices in your body that could cause you harm or interfere with the scan quality. Once it is confirmed that it is safe for you to have the scan, you will be asked to change into a pair of scrubs and lock up all of your belongings in a locker. You will need to remove all metal from your body including jewelry, piercings, dentures, hair pins or wigs, eyeglasses, etc. Personal wheelchairs, walkers and canes are not allowed into the MRI scan room. The technologist will assist you with entering and exiting the scan room.