Magnetic Resonance Imaging

At Northern Arizona Radiology we are able to provide high quality MR imaging with increased comfort to the patient through the use of our 1.5T wide bore MRI.

What is it?

MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radio-frequency pulses and a high-tech computer, producing detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues and bone to help your doctor diagnose any medical conditions. There’s no exposure to radiation with an MRI, and it’s among the safest and most versatile of all imaging methods. 

Before Your Exam

You may be asked to change into a MRI safe gown. It’s important to remove all metal or electronic items from your clothing, hair and pockets. Please inform our office at the time of scheduling if you have any implanted electronic devices in or attached to your body.  In some circumstances we may ask for your issued implanted medical ID card. Some implanted devices may need to be investigated  for its MRI safety and compatibility prior to your appointment.

MRI Exam Prep

IV Contrast exams NO Food or drink 3 hours prior to exam. MRI Enterography exams – please speak with a scheduler for specific dietary and oral prep instructions.

Before Your Exam

You may be asked to change into a MRI safe gown. It’s important to remove all metal or electronic items from your clothing, hair and pockets. Please inform our office at the time of scheduling if you have any implanted electronic devices in or attached to your body.  In some circumstances we may ask for your issued implanted medical ID card. Some implanted devices may need to be investigated  for its MRI safety and compatibility prior to your appointment.

MRI Exam Prep

IV Contrast exams NO Food or drink 3 hours prior to exam. MRI Enterography exams – please speak with a scheduler for specific dietary and oral prep instructions.

How is an MRI performed?

You’ll be positioned on an exam table, and if needed, may be administered a contrast agent called Gadolinium through a vein. Devices called coils may also be placed around the area of your body being studied, and you’ll be given earplugs or headphones with or without music to minimize the noise and help you relax.  During your exam you will hear repetitive tapping or thumping sounds when the radio-frequency pulses are activated.

Do you have any questions?

We understand that people looking for various exams may have a lot of questions, please do not hesitate to contact us so that we can walk with you during this trying time.