MRI Scan

An MRI scan (Magnetic Resonance Imaging Scan) uses a magnet, radio waves, and a computer to produce detailed images of organs in the body. There is no radiation used in this scan. This test is non-invasive and is usually an outpatient procedure. In some cases, an IV may be given to deliver a contrast dye into your veins. An MRI scan is better than CT scan at distinguishing normal tissue from abnormal tissue. Your doctor may order an MRI scan of your brain or spine if there are suspected tumors, abscesses, aneurysms, bleeding, genetic issues, disease, extra fluid, spine injuries, or to assist in surgery. Boone Hospital has the only full strength open MRI in Mid-Missouri for Claustrophobia. We also offer IV conscious sedation or general anesthesia if needed.   Opening in 2016, the Boone Hospital South Campus on Nifong Road will have a “quiet” MRI.   This MRI won’t make the usual loud clicking and banging noises, and it will be the only one in mid-Missouri. How To Prepare:

  • If you are claustrophobic, your doctor can ask for IV sedation or anesthesia during the MRI
  • Notify the technician about any devices or metal objects inside your body
  • Notify the technician of any allergies, and if you are pregnant or nursing
  • If you receive a sedative, you will need someone to drive you home afterward

What to Expect:

  • You will be asked to remove clothing and other objects
  • You will be given a gown to wear during the scan
  • If a contrast dye is needed, you will receive the IV at this point
  • A headset will be provided to block noise from the scanner
  • You will lie down on a table that slides you into the long cylindrical scanner
  • You will be able to see and talk to the technician during the procedure
  • Remain very still
  • Report any breathing problems, sweating, numbness or heart palpitations immediately