MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imaging is used as a diagnostic tool to view the internal structures of the body. Using radio waves and magnetic fields to make images, MRI are used 30 million times every year in the US alone. It is considered an exceedingly safe modality, yet there are underlying potential risks of injury to patients due to strong electromagnetic (EM) fields used in MRI scans. It is important to declare any known metal, medical implants or piercings to ensure your safety. Also, women who are pregnant or may be pregnant should speak to our staff.

Our Equipment
Arizona Advanced Imaging uses an Open MRI for patient comfort and Closed 1.5 high field MRI. The open format is a good alternative for those that are nervous about an MRI because of closed spaces. It is open on the sides and offers more room and more air flow than a traditional MRI. It is also good for larger patients.

What to expect during an MRI scan:
When you arrive for your scan, you will be asked to change into a gown, removing any jewelry/metal prior to your scan. NOTIFY A TECHNOLOGIST IF YOU HAVE A PACEMAKER OR OTHER IMPLANTED DEVICE. You will be led into the imaging room, and guided to a moveable table. The technician will position you for your particular scan, and then they will move the bed into the tube of the MRI machine. Most MRI scans take 20-45 minutes to complete. You are asked to remain perfectly still and hold your breath for certain periods in order to get an accurate image.

The most common feedback is that the machines are very loud. It is true, and this is why we furnish headphones/earplugs.

Notify a technologist if you require any special accommodations (claustrophobia, obesity, sensory issues, etc.)

Benefits of an MRI
MRI is a noninvasive technique which does not require exposure to ionizing radiation.
MRI assist in discovery of abnormalities obstructed on other scans bones.
Physicians utilize MRI to evaluate the structure and function of an organ.
MRI scans pose almost no risk to the average patient when appropriate safety guidelines are strictly followed.
Risks of an MRI
Patients with Pacemakers cannot be scanned.
Certain types of surgical implants may prevent MRI usage.
Metal and foreign objects pose particular risk due to magnetic fields, and can cause injury.
If sedation is used, there is risk of excessive sedation, allergic reaction, or other complications. A Technologist or nurse monitors your vital signs to minimize this risk.