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Extremity MRI

Extremity MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a form of diagnostic imaging that produces detailed images without the use of x-rays. Images are created by utilizing a large magnet, radio waves and a computer system to process all the data.

Our MRI unit at Beth Israel Health Center in Lexington is the OrthoONE ONI Extremity magnet which is a truly open, dedicated extremity magnet designed specifically for the depiction of sports and orthopedic injuries. Only the specific body part that is to be imaged is placed in the unit. Patients benefit from a totally non-claustrophobic, quiet, quick, comfortable and convenient experience.

Types of MRI Exams:

The following MRI Exams are performed at the Beth Israel Health Center Lexington:

  • Ankle
  • Foot
  • Elbow
  • Wrist
  • Hand
  • Finger

Exam Preparation:

No preparation is required;however because an MRI examination involves the use of a very strong magnet, you will be asked to complete a safety checklist prior to your examination.

You can select the link below to be directed to Beth Israel Medical Center's Main Page for access to the safety checklist. To navigate back to Beth Israel Health Center Lexington, select Centers and Departments from the Main Web Page.

MRI Saftey and Sreening Guidelines

The day of your appointment:

When you arrive for your exam you will be asked to complete a questionnaire about your previous medical history and the reason for the visit. A technologist will review this information with you and answer any questions that you might have.

The technologist will explain the exam to you and then you will be brought into the exam room. You will be positioned in a special chair and the body part to be imaged will be placed in the scanner.

What will happen during my exam:

The technologist will be located outside the exam room; However at all times, the technologist can see and hear your in the very unlikely case of emergency.

MRI sequences will then begin. The exam consists of several different sequences that vary in length and the type of sound that they make. The technologist will tell you how long each sequence will be and will remind you to be as still as possible.

Patients should expect to be in the scanner between 40 minutes to an hour.

Who Will Do My Exam:

A technologist who is specially trained and licensed to perform MRI.

Exam Results:

Upon completion of the exam, a radiologist from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center will interpret your exam. Your doctor will be contacted with the results.

Hours of Operation:

MRI examinations are performed Monday through Friday 7:00 am to 430 pm.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 781-528-2520.

Contact Information

482 Bedford Street
Lexington, MA 02420