Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is one of the safest, most comfortable imaging techniques available. The MRI procedure utilizes an extremely powerful magnet combined with radio waves to produce accurate, detailed pictures of organs and tissues in order to diagnose a variety of medical conditions. Signals generated by the internal organs are detected by coils (antenna) and are transmitted to a computer.

This computer records these signals as electronic images. The scans show detailed anatomy, as well as flow and soft tissue detail, which is not possible with x-rays. It is often the preferred diagnostic tool used to detect small tears and injuries to ligaments and muscles, neurological problems including brain and spine, and abdominal abnormalities.

Each patient will be asked to remove all jewelry and articles of clothing that might interfere with imaging. The MRI procedure uses a closed cylindrical piece of equipment and occasionally patients will feel confined. Patients will hear a loud thumping noise during this exam, but this is entirely normal. The technologists will make every attempt to help you stay comfortable. We offer a short bore system with fast scan times, and a music system available to help decrease noise to the patient.

All exams must be scheduled through the Diagnostic Imaging Department by calling (574) 224-1151 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday. Because of the magnetic field, some people will not be able to have an MRI. Most exams take from 30 minutes to 1 hour.