Magnetic Resonance Imaging
The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a method for viewing the human body. It allows physicians to see layered images of your internal organs in great detail from any angle. These images can help your doctor diagnose and treat a variety of conditions and diseases.
If your doctor recommends Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Providence Medical Center can provide you a comfortable experience in a friendly environment.
Common Evaluations from an MRI
Here are some of the conditions that an MRI can aid in diagnosing:
- Brain and spinal disorders
- Muscular, skeletal and joint disorders
- Injuries involving shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, ankles and feet
- Cancer detection in any part of the body
- Congenital defects
Although MRIs are offered through our Radiology department, an MRI uses strong magnetic fields and not radiation, so the test is completely safe and painless. The MRI complements other types of imaging procedures, such as X-rays and computed axial tomography (CAT) scanners.
What to Expect
- There is no specific preparation required for an MRI.
- Some scans may require the IV administration of a contrast agent to enhance image results.
- Notify us if you've experience a past contrast reaction or allergy, are pregnant or have implants or metal devices in your body.
- Most scans take between 20 to 45 minutes.
For more information on MRIs and the Providence Radiology department, please call