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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Our new MRI suite is a state-of-the-art facility designed with you in mind. Here, you'll have access to the latest technology in a stress-free, patient-friendly environment. Featuring convenient scheduling options to allow for faster appointments. Top-quality imaging and quick turnaround for precision diagnosis. Large, comfortable waiting areas and visual healing artwork. And the expert care you trust St. Joseph Hospital to deliver.

Breast MRI and MRI exams with anesthesia can also be performed.

The MRI department and equipment at St. Joseph Hospital has achieved American College of Radiology (ACR) Accreditation for quality.

About MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive, state-of-the-art procedure that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed, high resolution pictures of organs, soft tissues and bone.

MRI does not use radiation and is a safe and valuable diagnostic tool-using this advanced technology, physicians are now able to see images of the body in greater detail and detect abnormalities earlier than ever before.

Open MRI

Open Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Open MRI) is an advanced diagnostic imaging procedure that creates detailed images of internal bodily structures without the use of x-rays. Claustrophobic, larger and pediatric patients, along with those suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome, are often able to comfortably undergo MRI examinations in these "open architecture" systems while failing to tolerate traditional "closed" MRI systems.

Before The Exam

The staff at the MRI suite will go over all of these items in detail when you arrive for your exam, but please be aware of the following considerations.

You cannot have the exam if you have:
• a pacemaker, or pacemaker wires
• cochlear implants
• a defibrillator device

Be sure to tell your physician and MRI technologist if you have any of the following, as these may require special considerations:
• artificial limb
• any metal pins, parts or implants in your body
• metal heart valves or stents
• metal clips (surgical, vascular, aneurysm)
• intrauterine device (IUD)
• tattooed eyeliner

If you have ever had an eye injury where metal has been removed from your eyes, it is important that you tell your doctor and the MRI technologist before having the MRI scan.

Also tell your physician and MRI technologist if you are allergic to any medications and/or are claustrophobic.

There is very little preparation required for an MRI exam. You may continue to take all your required medications. For most MRI exams, you may eat and drink as you usually would.

Be sure to wear comfortable clothing. You also might be given a hospital gown to change into. You will have to remove all metal objects, including watches, jewelry, hairpins, eyeglasses, etc. An area is provided for safekeeping of your valuables.

What to Expect

An MRI exam is performed by a certified MRI technologist and generally takes less than 45 minutes to complete.

The technologist will review the MR safety questionnaire with you prior to your exam. They will escort you into the MR scan room and have you lie down on the cushioned table. You will be positioned for scanning, and the technologist will slowly move the table so that the portion of the body being scanned is in the center of the magnet. The technologist will then leave the room in order to start the exam, but will watch you through a window and continuously communicate with you via an intercom.

Visual healing arts and earphones for listening to music are available to help you relax during the test. If you are claustrophobic, please speak with your physician beforehand, as he/she may be able to prescribe medicine to help you.

As the test is happening, you will hear a fan, as well as thumping and tapping noises, but you shouldn't feel anything. You must lie completely still in order to get the best possible images. If you need to cough or sneeze during the exam, you can signal the MR technologist by squeezing the call button.

If contrast medication is necessary for your exam, the technologist will administer it through an IV and then continue with your scan. When your exam is complete, the technologist will return to the room to help you off the table and escort you back to the changing room.

A board-certified radiologist will interpret your MRI scan. The radiologist's report will then be sent to your referring physician, and they will discuss the results with you.

Contact Information

Home: (603) 882.3000, ext. 67191

Monday - Friday
6:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday
7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Open MRI
Home: (603) 882.3000, ext. 67191

7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Excellent for claustrophobic or larger patients.


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