MRI: What to Expect

An MRI, magnetic resonance imaging, is used to look at the internal structures of the body in detail, and find problems like tumors, bleeding, injury, blood vessel disease, or infection. MRIs use a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy, and they are especially useful for procedures involving the brain, muscles, heart, and cancers because they provide a good visual contrast between the different soft tissues of the body. An MRI may also be done to provide more information about a problem seen on an X-ray, an ultrasound, or a CT scan.

When your doctor refers you to Cheyenne Radiology for an MRI, here’s what you can expect:

We will honor our pledge to Image Wisely, and use only the safest and most efficient methods available, including reviewing all surgeries, implants or devices in your body for your safety.

Before the exam you will be asked to change into a dressing gown and remove metal items such as jewelry and body piercings. A technologist will accompany you into the examination room and talk with you about the procedure.

If you have ever done any welding or grinding with metals, for your safety, a no-charge X-ray will be completed prior to your MRI to ensure your eyes are free from metal debris.

During the exam you will be asked to lie down on a table that moves through the large circular opening of the MRI scanner (it is not enclosed). You will be asked to be still during the exam, and can expect to hear some buzzing and knocking sounds.

The MRI scanner we use at Cheyenne Radiology is the MAGNETOM Skyra 3T Wide Bore MRI. It has an ultra-short design and more room (four inches) than other scanners. This allows us to do more head-out exams, and it gives you have a little extra space to relax. Our 3 Tesla Machine is also the highest-powered MRI machine on the market. With a stronger magnetic field, we’re able to get clearer, more detailed pictures.

Your examination can last 25 – 45 minutes (sometimes longer), and you should receive your results from your referring doctor within about 48 hours.

If you’re ready to schedule your MRI, we’re ready to see you.