Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive, high-resolution imaging technique used to look at internal organs, tissues, and the skeletal system to help diagnose a variety of medical conditions.
WVU Medicine Imaging Services performs MRI services for approximately 19,000 patients per year, including neurology, musculoskeletal, breast, cardiac, and pediatric health conditions.
Imaging We Offer
MRI is used to examine many medical conditions and help your physician develop the best possible treatment plan. WVU Medicine Imaging Services diagnoses a wide range of adult and pediatric conditions with MRI, including:
- Bone and joint tumors
- Brain injury
- Breast cancer
- Cardiac issues
- Herniated disc
- Liver and kidney problems
- Neurological issues
- Pancreatic cancer
- Spinal cord injuries
What to Expect
During the MRI exam, you lie on a padded table that slides into a tube-like machine, which is open on both sides. A technologist monitors you from another room, and you may speak with the technologist by squeezing a ball and talking through a microphone. You’ll also wear protective headphones or earplugs to protect your hearing from loud noises the MRI scanner produces.
You’ll need to lie as still as possible during the MRI, so that clear and accurate images can be captured. Most MRI exams take between 20 to 45 minutes, but other MRIs may take 60 to 90 minutes or longer, depending on the part of the body being scanned and how many images are needed.
If you have a fear of enclosed spaces (claustrophobia), you can request medication from you doctor to help you feel sleepy and less anxious. Adult and pediatric patients may also be sedated during an MRI if your radiologist determines that it would be beneficial. To enhance your comfort during an MRI, we provide movies or music with an MRI-compatible entertainment system called CinemaVision. You may also bring your favorite movie or CD if you prefer.
Once the MRI is complete, the images are reviewed by a board-certified radiologist, and the radiologist will send your doctor a report. Your doctor will notify you with the results. To communicate easily and securely with your WVU Medicine provider, sign up for our free patient portal, MyWVUChart.