Open MRI



MRI, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, is a method used by physicians to look inside the human body to obtain diagnostic information. Incorporating an advanced technology, MRI produces images of the anatomy without the use of radiation found in x-ray and CT scanning.

MRI is a non-invasive procedure, and there are no known side or after effects. The procedure is painless; in fact, you won’t see or feel anything. MRI uses a computer and the physical properties of magnetic fields and radio waves to generate images of the soft tissues within the body in any plane. A faint knocking sound will be heard, which is simply the imaging process in operation. The benefits of magnetic resonance imaging are many, with new applications continually being developed through on-going research.

Diagnostic Confidence. Your Comfort.

The Velocity Open MRI now offers an even more comfortable patient experience, you can see all around.

Our new Velocity Open MRI allows for faster scans to minimize your time, while providing all the diagnostic information required.



Exam Prep

MRI Contraindications

If you have any of the following devices implanted in your body you will not be able to have an MRI exam.
Pacemaker • Brain Aneurysm Clip • Battery Operated Pumps (Insulin, Pain meds, etc.)

MRI of Abdomen
Need to be fasting 3-4 hours before exam 

MRI Suggestions

• Do not wear jewelry (Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, etc.)
•Wear comfortable clothing with metal buttons or zippers
•For Females, do not wear mascara 

NOTE: The exam requires you to lay still for approximately 30 to 40 minutes.  If you are in severe pain, we suggest that you take pain medication 1 hour prior to appointment time.You may eat prior to the exam.**Please bring your insurance information and list of medications.



What to expect

Depending on the MRI exam that is requested, you may be asked to change into a gown or robe. Jewelry, watches, hair clips, piercings, and possibly dentures will need to be removed before the exam. If the MRI exam calls for the use of contrast material, an intravenous (IV) line may be placed in your arm so that the contrast material can be injected. Images will be taken before and after the contrast material is injected. You will be asked to lie on a cushioned, moveable table and maybe positioned comfortably with bolsters. For the best possible quality images, you will need to be as still as possible during the exam. You will hear a faint knocking sound as the machines capture the images. MRI exams often include multiple phrases or sequences, some of which sound different and vary in length of time. The technologist is immediately available at all times and you will be in full view of the technologist by means of a window during the exam. The technologist can hear and speak to you through an intercom in the room. Immediately after your exam, you may resume regular activities.


Open MRI


OPEN MRI of mcallen