Magnetic resonance imaging, commonly referred to as an MRI, is a diagnostic tool that enables your doctor to examine your body from the inside. 

What is an MRI?

MRI scanners combine strong magnetic fields and radio frequencies to create images of your internal organs and structures. They don’t use radiation, unlike other imaging tests, and are considered extremely safe for most patients.

During an MRI, you will wear a hospital gown and earplugs while laying on a moveable table. You will need to lie completely still as the table is placed inside the MRI scanner to ensure clear imaging.

MRIs are painless procedures that last from 10-60 minutes. Following an MRI, you will be able to resume your regular, everyday routine.

What Can It Diagnose?

Our team of neurologists utilize MRIs to study the brain and spinal cord for the underlying cause of symptoms such as back pain, peripheral numbness, weakness and migraines. It is an effective diagnostic tool for identifying variety of conditions, such as:

  • Abscesses
  • Aneurysms
  • Bleeding in the brain or spine
  • Blood vessel problems
  • Fluid on the brain
  • Herniated discs
  • Infections or inflammation in the brain or spine
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Subdural hematoma
  • Tumors
How to Prepare for an MRI

Typically, your doctor won’t require specific instructions in preparation for an MRI. It is important to inform your doctor of any allergies, metal implants throughout your body and the possibility of being pregnant. You should also let your doctor know if you have claustrophobia or enclosed spaces make you anxious.