Desert Valley Radiology Phoenix Arizona
Women's Imaging

MRI – Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Your MRI ExamCommon MRI Studies

  • Brain
  • Heart
  • Liver
  • Male and female reproductive organs
  • Pancreas
  • Other soft tissues
  • Blood flow
  • Injuries to bones and joints
  • Cancer detection
  • Tumors/masses
  • Trauma
  • Infections

Prepare for your MRI exam

What is MRI?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) are performed using a strong magnetic field to generate images of the body. A sophisticated computer displays these images which are reviewed by a technologist during the exam and interpreted by one of our specialty-trained Radiologists once the exam is complete.

MRI is a completely safe and painless imaging technique. There are no x-rays used during MRI exams. Common areas of study include the brain, spine, neck, breast, abdomen, muscles, soft tissues and joints.

Preparing for an MRI

There is no specific preparation required for MRI.

Certain health conditions or metallic implants may prevent you from having an MRI. Be sure to inform your physician or our staff if you have any of the following:

  • Pacemaker
  • Brain aneurysm clips
  • Infusion pumps such as for insulin or pain control
  • Cochlear implants (inner ear)
  • History of working with metals
  • Pregnancy in the first trimester
  • Neurostimulators
  • Recent vascular stent (within 6 weeks of placement)

What should you expect?

In order to perform an MRI scan, you will be asked to remove any clothing or jewelry with metal parts, and you may be asked to change into a patient gown.

During the exam, you will lie on a comfortable table that will slide on a track into the scanner. A special coil may be used which will help isolate the area of your body that is being imaged.

If Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) has been ordered by your physician, a contrast material with be administered through an IV in your arm. MRA is used to highlight blood vessels to identify areas of narrowing.

Once the exam begins, a technologist will be able to talk to you through a microphone on the outside of the exam room. While the MRI scanner is running, you will hear several loud knocking sounds.

Most MRI scans take between 30 – 45 minutes.

If you believe you are claustrophobic, please inform your physician or our staff prior to your exam and we can arrange to provide you with a mild sedative. We will ask that you arrange to have someone drive you home after the exam.

When and how will you receive your results?

Following your MRI study, one of our Radiologists will interpret your exam and provide a report to your physician. Your physician will call you when the report has been received and will discuss the results with you.

MRI exams are performed at:

All Desert Valley Radiology Locations

To schedule an appointment, contact us.