Monday – Friday
Cache Valley Hospital MRI Center
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) performs non-invasive diagnostic imaging of soft tissue, bone and muscles and has become one of the fastest growing types of medical diagnostic tests in the United States.
Recently, Cache Valley Hospital installed a new wide-bore MRI system, one of two new generation MRIs in the entire state of Utah. This MRI system expands patient access to diagnostic imaging that supports a broad range of clinical applications, including neurology, orthopedics, body imaging, angiography and oncology. And it provides patients with a wider, more open and enjoyable environment.
How long does an MRI take?
Each test is specifically tailored to your needs. Several pictures may be needed to complete the exam. Each picture can take anywhere from a few seconds to fifteen minutes. A full exam could take twenty minutes to an hour and a half. The length of the exam depends on the area being tested.
Does an MRI Hurt?
No. MRI is a painless exam. You will hear loud noises, however, so you may want to wear earplugs or headphones, which we can provide.
What should I do if I’m claustrophobic?
Although the wide-bore MRI alleviates some of these types of issues, the answer to this depends on how uncomfortable a small space makes you feel. If you have difficulty getting on an elevator, or dislike being in a room without windows, then you should call us in advance. The receptionist will direct your call to a radiology nurse who will decide what is the best method for you to take the MRI exam.
What should I do to prepare for my exam?
You may eat and drink as usual, unless you are to have a scan of your abdomen or pelvis. Only then should you have nothing to eat or drink for 4 hours before your test. You should, in all cases, continue to take your medication. When you arrive for your exam, you will be asked to change into a hospital gown. Buttons, zippers, and other metal objects will affect the pictures. Please leave as much jewelry at home as possible. You should wear little eye make-up as this can affect the pictures also. No metal, please! The presence of metal objects may affect the picture. Please be sure to inform the technologist or the radiologist if you have had any metal objects within in your body, such as pacemakers, aneurysm clips or prosthesis.
What happens after the MRI?
First, the films will be viewed by a radiologist, who is a doctor specializing in analyzing these exams. Then the radiologist will send a report to your own doctor. You should ask your doctor to discuss the results with you.
If you have any questions with this test, please call us between the hours of 7 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday at (435) 713-9777.