About your MRI

Preparing for Your MRI

For most scans you will be able to wear regular clothing. You will want to wear comfortable clothes that contain as little metal as possible on them (avoid snaps, zippers, buttons, belts, buckles, etc). Loose fitting jewelry, watches and necklaces will need to be removed and can be stored in a locker on site. Body piercings, except stud earrings, should also be removed. It is recommended that you do not drink large amounts of liquid prior to the examination to avoid having to use the washroom during the scan.

Because of the potential harmful effects associated with some metal objects in a magnetic field, you should inform the MRI technologist if you have any of the following: pacemaker, metal implants, intrauterine devices, aneurysm clips, surgical stables, or foreign metal objects in the eye.

MRI Procedure

Upon arrival, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire which will be reviewed by our certified MRI Technologist. This will be followed by a brief interview with the technologist who will discuss and explain the MRI procedure as well as confirm all safety screening questions. Because we use a large magnet in the Open MRI, no metallic objects or devices can enter the imaging room and must be stored in a locker outside.

Patients are often times pleasantly surprised to discover that the MRI examination, especially in an open unit such as ours, is an easy and comfortable experience. During the MRI examination, you will be lying on a firm table with a pillow for your head. Our technologist will comfortably position you for the exam and then the table will move into the center of the machine. You will be asked to relax and lie as still as possible.

During the MRI, you will be carefully monitored by the MRI Technician from an adjacent room. As the individual sequences are performed, you will hear a faint knocking sound from the MRI machine. This represents the changes in the magnetic field that are part of the imaging process. Music of your choice will be played in the background and a technologist will be able to see and hear you at all times through our built-in intercom system. If you need anything at any time, the technologist will be there for assistance.

Time Required

A typical exam takes between 30-60 minutes depending on the complexity of the scan. When finished, the technologist will assist you out of the scan room and you are free to leave. A Copy of the MRI can be burned onto a disk for you or your referring physician’s convenience if they prefer to read the MRI that day. We will immediately send the scan to our board-certified radiologists who will interpret the images and send a report to your physician for follow up.

Insurances Accepted

Open MRI Center is in network with the following insurances:

  • Aetna-Accepted Out of Network*
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna-Accepted Out of Network*
  • Health Alliance
  • Healthlink-Accepted Out of Network*
  • Humana
  • Multiplan
  • United Healthcare (UHC)
  • United Medical Resources (UMR)
  • All Workers Compensation, Auto, and Third Party Liability Carriers

*If your health plan has out of network benefits, or if it is not listed above, please contact us at 309-888-9800 and ask to speak with our Billing Coordinator. We will make every effort to minimize your out of pocket cost. Our practice has cared for many patients out of network who incur little or no out of pocket cost.

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Why Should I Have an MRI?

A MRI is extremely helpful at diagnosing many common orthopedic injuries. Whereas an X-ray can give us a clear view of a patient's bone, a MRI shows tendons, muscles and ligaments. It is helpful in diagnosing injuries such as ACL or MCL tears, Rotator Cuff tears, and spinal treatment such as decompression or a lumbar spinal fusion. MRI machines can also be used for brain scans and to help rule out infection or tumor. MRI, which was developed in the 1980ss, is now considered a vital part of the diagnosis of orthopedic injuries and is extremely accurate.

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Open MRI Center
2200 Fort Jesse Rd, Suite 250
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309-888-9800
Fax: 309-828-9700