Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) provides doctors with a method of looking inside the body without radiation. MRI uses computerized processing in conjunction with a magnetic field and radio frequency waves to make detailed, three-dimensional images of most parts of the body, including the spine, brain, joints, blood vessels and soft tissue. The patient lies on a padded table that slides into the MRI scanner. Multiple pictures can then be taken.

Please register in Admitting/Registration 30 minutes prior to your Radiology appointment.  MRI services are available Tuesday through Saturday.

  • Always notify the technologist if you are pregnant.
  • Patients may eat or drink as usual.
  • Magnetic Resonance Cholangioparcreatography (MRCP) requires that you have nothing by mouth 4 hours prior to the exam.
  • Call the Radiology Department at 309-836-1550 before your exam to answer a short questionnaire.
  • Do not wear clothing with metal such as zippers, snaps, buttons, or buckles.
  • Do not wear any jewelry.
  • Certain Insurance companies require pre-authorization.  Please check with your insurance company prior to your appointment.
  • Patients who weld or grind metal may need to come in and have an X-ray (orbits) done. This is to ensure that there is no metal in the eyes.
  • Persons with a pacemaker are unable to have an MRI. Please discuss other imaging options with your physician.