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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic imaging tool that produces detailed images of the human body without the use of X-rays. These images are created using a large magnet, radio waves and a computer system to process the data. Procedures using MRI involve no ionizing radiation.

Most MRI exams are scheduled in either 40 minute or 1 hour appointments. If you are having more than one MRI exam the same day, each exam will be scheduled in a separate appointment slot. For a typical MRI exam, you will be asked to lie down in the scanner and a device called an imaging coil will be placed over the area of your body being imaged. It is important that you are able to lay still during the exam, as movement or involuntary motion can result in poor image quality. MRI exams are performed in series of images that may range from 10 or 15 seconds for the shortest sets, to series of 6 or 8 minutes in length depending on the exam you are having. Some specialty exams involve specific preparation prior to the test. Please contact the MRI department if you have any questions about your exam.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has been at the forefront of MRI clinical care since MRI was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1984. We have state of the art equipment that produces high quality images which are an indispensable diagnostic tool for physicians in planning the medical treatment of their patients. MRI scanners at out facility have been accredited by the American College of Radiology for image quality and system accuracy.

Our faculty and staff are highly trained and dedicated to giving the best possible patient care, and are actively spearheading innovative research.

Safety Screening Questionnaire

An MRI examination involves the use of a very strong magnet. For your safety, when you arrive in MRI you will be asked to fill out a safety screen questionnaire. Should you need assistance completing this form, Technologists will be available to assist you.