Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is one of the safest and most comfortable imaging techniques. MRI combines a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and specialized computer system to produce multi-dimensional images inside your body. MRI scans can show our radiologists detailed images of organs, muscles, nerves, blood vessels and tissues.
At The Polyclinic, we use MRI scanners with leading technology to provide superior imaging quality.
- Breast MRI
- Extremity MRI
- Body MRI
- Prostate MRI
- Head and Spine MRI
- Musculoskeletal MRI
Meet the Team
We are proud to partner with Inland Imaging as our radiology group. Our radiologists are board-certified, fellowship-trained and share our commitment to providing the highest level of service to our patients and physicians. Meet our radiologists (PDF)
What should I expect during my MRI?
The procedure is painless and a non-invasive. You don't feel the magnetic field or radio waves, and there are no moving parts around you. During the MRI scan, the internal part of the magnet produces repetitive tapping, thumping and other noises. Earplugs and or music will be provided to help block the noise.
It is important to hold very still throughout your exam. Pillows and cushions will be placed under you to ensure you are comfortable for the duration of your exam.
To start, we will position you on the procedure table. Your MRI technologist will place specialized coils around the body area we will evaluate. Your exam will take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour depending on whether contrast is used and which areas of the body we are evaluating.
How do I prepare for my MRI?
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing. You may be given a gown to wear during your study.
- Leave metal objects like jewelry, and hairpins at home—metal objects can affect the results of the exam. Remove hearing aids and any removable dental work.
- If you are over 60 years of age and IV contrast will be used for the exam, you may receive a blood test prior to the exam.
- Inform your physician and the technologist of prior surgeries, metal implants, pacemaker or aneurysm clips.
- Inform your physician if you are claustrophobic or unable to lie down for an extended amount of time due to pain so that appropriate pre-medication can be ordered.
- Notify the technologist immediately if you are nursing or may possibly be pregnant.
- For abdominal/pelvic exams: Do not eat or drink four hours prior to your exam; continue to take medications as directed.
The Polyclinic's MRI Department is proud to be recognized as an Accredited MRI Facility by the American College of Radiology.
- If your provider orders an MRI scan, we will contact you to schedule your appointment.
- For general questions, please call 206-329-1760.
Pre-authorization and Required Forms
MRI scans require a pre-authorization form from your insurance company. If you elect to have the MRI scan without this pre-authorization, there will be a deposit required at the time of study. You may be responsible for the full balance after your insurance has been billed. If you have questions regarding your insurance coverage or benefits, please contact your insurance company directly.