OSF Saint Francis Medical Center

Peoria, Illinois

MRI

What is an MRI?

mri.JPG Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an advanced, non-invasive way of seeing the inside of the body without using radiation. Radio waves, a magnetic field and a computer work together to create detailed images of bones, organs, soft tissue and other areas inside  your body.

How to prepare for your MRI

  • Pregnancy tests are required for women ages 10 through 55. Please be prepared to provide a urine sample upon arrival at the testing facility. Your physician’s office should order this test.
  • Your safety is our top priority. Due to the strong magnetic field, we take extra precautions.
  • You will be asked to provide the MRI department with a complete medical history and any records related to implanted devices.
  • Remove all metal jewelry (including piercings), belts, and all phones prior to the test. You will be scanned with a metal detector prior to entering the MRI scan room.
  • If your physician gives you a CD of images to correlate with your MRI, please bring the CD with you the day of your testing.
  • The scan will take at least 45-60 minutes. Wear comfortable clothing.
  • If you wear a transdermal medication patch, you will need to remove the patch before you arrive for your MRI. Please bring an extra patch to apply after the exam.
  • Some patients may need medication for anxiety and pain in order to complete the procedure. You will need to arrange this prescription and prescription pick up at the pharmacy of your choice with your physician. You should follow the instructions with your prescription which may include bringing it to your appointment.

Getting your results

In most cases, your imaging exam will be interpreted within 24 hours. Please keep in mind that your doctor’s office may need additional time to incorporate the report into your personal medical record.