MRI Patient Guide

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a painless exam that uses radio waves and magnetic fields to produce detailed images of soft tissue and structures such as the spine, knees, hips, and other vital organs. A series of scans are performed to produce three-dimensional images without the use of radiation.

An MRI exam usually lasts from 30 to 60 minutes. You’ll lie on a table that will be moved into a long cylinder. 

You’ll be positioned either feet first, or head first, depending on the part of the body to be scanned. Once the scanning process begins, clanging or banging sounds will occur, but you’ll be offered earplugs or headphones to minimize the noise. Also, the technician will be able to speak with you throughout the exam. You’ll be asked to remain as still as possible since any movement will affect the quality of the scan.


Preparing for your MRI:

  • Wear loose, comfortable clothes with no metal on them.
  • We will provide lockers for clothes, wallets, key, etc. Please leave valuables at home.
  • Do not wear anything with a “glittery” substance
  • Do not wear make-up

PRIOR TO THE DAY OF YOUR EXAM, Please let OSMC know if …

  • You have a pacemaker
  • You have an aneurysm clip
  • You have ever had metal fragments in your eyes

Correct information regarding metal must be available prior to the day of your exam or your MRI will need to be rescheduled.

“Open” or “Closed” MRI? Click here for information.


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