Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Scans

MRI scanning uses magnetic and radio frequency waves to generate highly detailed images of the body. Unlike CTs and X-rays, there is no radiation involved with an MRI. An MRI can help diagnose ailments of the brain, sports injuries, pelvic problems, prostate problems, ear, nose and throat conditions, and musculoskeletal injuries. 

Due to the magnetic waves, some patients are unable to have an MRI scan. If you have a pacemaker, cochlear implants, a metallic foreign object in your eye, recent surgery, or are pregnant, an MRI may not be a safe imaging option. Further investigation will be completed to determine if an MRI is the best option for you. 

What to expect

Before you enter the MRI room, our board-certified technologists will ask you to remove any metal from your body. Phones, keys, hearing aids, and jewelry are just a few of the common objects containing metal. You will also be asked about any metal implants or other metallic objects that you may have within your body. This is to keep you safe during your procedure. 

After explaining the exam to you, you will be asked to lie down on the scan table. The procedure may be loud, you will be given headphones or ear plugs. The table will position you in the scanner to best access the area to be imaged. It is important that you stay very still during the exam.

You will be in full view of the tech during your entire procedure. They will be in an adjoining room during the scan. The MRI room is equipped with a two way intercom so you are in communication with the tech at all times.

Once the images are obtained, the radiologist will be notified. Radiology reports will be provided to your attending provider - whether in the Emergency Room or a doctor's office. 

If you have any questions about MRI scans, please contact the Schneck Diagnostic Imaging Department by calling (812) 522-0144 or email us