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MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Without using traditional X-ray imaging, MRI allows doctors to see inside the body to diagnose and identify possible medical conditions. An MRI simply samples signals from the water that makes up your body. Specialized antennae create highly defined images that can be used to make diagnoses.

You'll discover that MRI testing is painless and much quicker than you think. In fact, you’ll probably be very comfortable as you lie on the padded table. The accuracy and speed of the latest MRI scanners means that you will be done quickly and your doctor will have to run fewer — if any — follow-up scans.

But keep in mind that an MRI isn't for everyone. So be sure to inform your physician if you have: a pacemaker, aneurysm clips in the brain, a shunt with telesensor, inner ear implants, metal fragments in one or both eyes, implanted spinal cord stimulators, or if you’re pregnant or breast feeding.

Many of your questions about MRI are answered here or in the FAQ sheet below. But should you have any other questions or concerns, please consult your doctor.

MRI Consent Form

Patient Education

Methodist Health System offers two types of MRI: