Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Services

What is MRI?

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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a method used by physicians to look inside the body. Incorporating an advanced technology, MRI produces images of the anatomy without the use of radiation, as in X-ray and CT scans. MRI images are formed by computer processing signals emitted by body tissue. These signals are generated using a safe magnetic field in combination with radio waves of a specific frequency, similar to what is used in home and car radios.

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MRI can help provide a quick and accurate diagnosis for your physician. In some situations, it can reduce the need for exploratory surgery and other diagnostic procedures which might have associated risks.

The procedure is effective in the clinical evaluation of the following conditions: brain disorders, traumatic injuries, eye abnormalities, spine diseases, tumor detection, liver and other abdominal diseases, knee and shoulder injuries, musculoskeletal disorders, facial/neck abnormalities, infection, cardiac malformations and blood flow/vessel disorders.


MRI is a safe, painless and noninvasive exam. Depending on what type of MRI your doctor has ordered, you may have to place your head in a padded cradle or on a pillow. The technologist will then slide the table into the donut-shaped portion of the scanner. The technologist will make sure you are comfortable and then go to the control panel just outside the room. The technologist will be able to watch you, and even talk to you, during the MRI scan. When the machine is taking pictures, you will hear a repeating, loud, thumping noise coming from the scanner. You will be offered earplugs to help you with this. You should try to breathe quietly and normally, while trying to refrain from coughing and moving. When the thumping noise stops, it does not mean the scan is completed; therefore you must still maintain your position. The procedure may be repeated several times, but the length of the exam ordinarily takes approximately 45 minutes to complete, depending on the type of exam requested.

Please tell us if any of the following apply to you or the person accompanying you into the exam room:

  • Aneurysm clip(s)
  • Implanted cardioverter defibrillator
  • Electronic implant or device
  • Magnetically-activated implant(s)/device
  • Cardiac pacemaker
  • Neurostimulation system
  • Spinal cord stimulator
  • Cochlear implant
  • Hearing aid(s)
  • Insulin or infusion pump
  • Implanted drug infusion device
  • Prosthesis or implant
  • Artificial/Prosthetic limb
  • Metallic fragment(s) or foreign body
  • External or internal metallic objects

You may be asked to remove one or more of these items BEFORE ENTERING the MRI scan room.

Our imaging centers offer extended hours, including early mornings, evenings and Saturdays. To schedule an appointment, please call 317-XRAY NOW (972-9669)/800-400-XRAY (9729), or submit an appointment request on our website.


Our 50 radiologists are certified by the American Board of Radiology, are members of the American College of Radiology, and have received subspecialty fellowship training following their residencies in diagnostic radiology.

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What to Expect from Your MRI

Find out what you should do before you have your MRI exam by watching this video. Also, the video will explain what you will do and hear during the MRI.