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  • MRI or MR (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

  • Magnetic resonance imaging uses a strong magnetic field and radiowaves to image the body. MRI is commonly used to examine the brain, spine, joints, abdomen and blood vessels.

    Rhode Island Hospital’s Andrew F. Anderson Emergency Center is the only emergency department in New England to feature an MRI system located within the department. The state-of-the-art MRI unit is capable of a wide range of functions with the goal of faster, more informed treatment decisions and patient safety.

  • The MRI scan is performed inside a large cylindrical magnet which has a patient table in the center. As there is a strong magnetic field, it is important to let the technologist know of any metal on or in your body. Some MRI exams require an injection of an MRI contrast or dye.  Typical MRI studies require 30 to 60 minutes. It is important not to move during the exam.

    No special preparation is required for the exam. All MRI exams are interpreted by a board-certified radiologist with subspecialty training in MRI.