Outpatient MRI at Alliance MRI Norton

Alliance Norton MRI is a free-standing outpatient MRI center, so you can feel comfort in knowing that you do not need to enter a hospital for your imaging needs. We use advanced technology for high-quality images, and are accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) indicating the highest standard of MRI imaging. Our board-certified radiologists interpret your MRI results for a definitive diagnosis.

What is an MRI scan?

Doctors use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to find diseases or abnormalities in the body without using X-rays. MRI uses a safe magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the body including internal organs, blood vessels, muscles, joints, tumors, areas of infection, and more.

MRI is used to evaluate the body for a variety of conditions, some of which include:

  • Anomalies of the brain and spinal cord
  • Stroke
  • Tumors and cysts
  • High-risk breast cancer screening
  • Injuries or abnormalities of the joints
  • Certain types of heart problems
  • Diseases of the liver and other abdominal organs

What to Expect During Your MRI Exam

An MRI scan is non-invasive and painless. During your MRI scan, you will lie on a cushioned table that moves into the scanner. The most important thing to remember is to lie still and relax, as any movement during this time can distort the image.  As the scanner is rather loud while in progress, we provide earplugs or headphones and you may listen to music of your choice to make you more comfortable. You will be able to communicate with your technologist throughout the exam, which usually lasts between 20-60 minutes depending on which exam(s) your doctor has ordered. Depending on the type of exam your doctor has ordered, an injected contrast agent may be used. MRI contrast agents rarely cause allergic reactions.

MRI Patient information

Arrive 30 minutes early to complete paperwork.

  • There are no diet restrictions to follow prior to your exam.
  • Take your regular medications prior to your exam.
  • Bring your insurance information, photo ID, as well as any applicable diagnostic films, CDs or DVDs.
  • Leave valuables at home. No metal objects can be worn during your scan (such as watches, jewelry, keys, or cell phone).
  • You will be asked to wear a hospital gown for the exam. We have private dressing rooms where your belongings will be locked for the duration of your scan.
  • Inform your referring physician if you have ever experienced claustrophobia. If necessary, your doctor can prescribe a mild sedative before your appointment. If you receive medication, bring someone to drive you home.

Notify our staff in advance if you:

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  • Have implanted devices
  • Have any serious health problems
  • Have had any surgery within the last six to eight weeks
  • Have ever had surgery on your brain, ears, eyes, or heart
  • Have metal in your eyes, or work with metals
  • Have a bone or joint replacement or any prosthesis
  • Are or may be pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Weigh more than 350 pounds

Once your scan is complete, you may resume normal activities and diet. If you had a contrast injection, please drink plenty of water following your scan and follow the post-care instructions that the technologist will provide.