Frequently Asked Questions

What is MRI?

MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, is a sophisticated way of looking at the body’s interior to diagnose physical conditions. MRI uses magnets and radio frequency waves to create images of shallow cross-sections of your body.

What is different about an Open MRI?

An Open MRI is a type of MRI machine that allows the exam to be done without the patient being fully enclosed in the machine. The state-of-the-art equipment at Open MRI of Fremont allows us to offer patients a relaxed comfortable experience, while providing doctors the highest quality of medical images. We are proud to offer the only Open MRI in Fremont.

Are there any risks?

MRI has been used extensively over the past 20 years and has been shown to be the most effective, safe and painless means of examining the body’s interior. During an MRI exam there is no harmful radiation exposure for the patient, as radiation is not used in an MRI, which is an advantage over other imaging modalities.

How do I prepare for my MRI?

Please wear comfortable clothes and avoid wearing jewelry, watches, underwire bras and any clothing with snaps or zippers near the area that will be scanned. If you have any metal on your clothing, you will be asked to change into a gown. Metal also may be found in deodorant, make-up, hairspray and mascara so please refrain from wearing these items.

It is very important that you tell us if you have any kind of metal on your body, including pacemakers, cochlear implants, prosthetics and aneurysm clips; or if you are in your first trimester of pregnancy.

Unless you have taken a sedative or other medication, you shouldn’t need to be accompanied, although your guests are welcome to stay in our comfortable waiting area.

What happens during the exam?

Plan to spend up to an hour at your appointment. You will be shown into a specially shielded room and asked to lie on the deck of the MRI machine.  The room is shielded to prevent MRIs powerful magnet from disturbing outside machinery and metal.  Pillows and blankets are available to make you comfortable. The machine makes a soft thumping sound as the test is being done. The technician, who will be seated at a work station looking into the MRI room, will let you know what to do and how the exam is progressing. You also can talk to the technologist at any time.

What happens after the exam?

The images are viewed and interpreted by a world renowned group of board-certified radiologists who have read thousands of MRI images. The radiologist will forward the results to your doctor within 24-48 hours. Your doctor will discuss the results with you.

Do I have to lie still the whole time?

Yes, it is important for the quality of the images that you lie as still as possible. With the open MRI, it is much more comfortable than the traditional MRI to be comfortable during this process.

Can I listen to music?

Yes, we have a CD/iPod player that you can listen to with headphones while you are in the machine. If you like, feel free to bring in a CD of your choice or your personal iPod to listen to during your procedure.

Can I have someone in the room with me?

Yes. You can have a friend or family member in the room with you to talk to you or hold your hand during the scan. Your friend or family member will have to be checked to make sure that they don’t have any metal on their clothing, anything metal in their pockets or a metal prosthesis or pacemaker as these could interfere with the scan.

Will I be given medication?

No, we do not offer medication, but your doctor may prescribe a sedative for if you are claustrophobic. If you do take a sedative, make sure you have someone to drive you to and from our facility.

How soon will my doctor get the results?

Your doctor will have a report within 24-48 hours from a highly skilled radiologist.

What types of insurance do you accept?

Open MRI of Fremont accepts most insurance plans. Please contact our office for more information.