Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a painless, safe and radiation-free diagnostic test that uses radio waves, magnetic fields and computer software to create highly detailed cross-sectional images of the brain, nerves, spinal cord, bones, joints, breasts, abdominal and pelvic organs.
Physicians use MRI images to rule out problems, identify areas for treatment, and track progress with greater efficiency than ever before. The scan does not involve side effects or hospitalization, and all findings are read by board-certified radiologists.
South Shore Hospital offers the latest MRI equipment, including Open MRI scanners, to help eliminate various sensitivities to some patients. These scanners are open on the sides, helping patients who have difficulty with the size constraints of conventional MRI systems feel more comfortable. Open MRI is available in our Cancer Center and at our Center for Orthopedics, Spine and Sports Medicine.
MRI technology is sensitive to metal. You will be asked to remove any metal before the test, including jewelry, clips and pins. Your doctor will also provide you with specific instructions, such as whether or not you can eat beforehand.
For more information about MRI or to make an appointment, please call 781-624-8126.