MRI Scans

An MRI (short for magnetic resonance imaging) is a safe and effective form of diagnostic imaging used to capture images of the body. It is a noninvasive and painless way for doctors to diagnose a wide variety of problems. Some of the most commonly viewed parts of the body are the brain, the abdomen, and the skeletal system.

611 MRI offers two technologically advanced scanners; a wide-bore MRI and a high resolution Open MRI. Our Wide-Bore MRI has the widest bore (the opening) and the shortest length. Our Open MRI is the only high field open scanner within 100 miles of our location, and is the most powerful of its kind. 

Our technologists are skilled at recognizing and addressing signs of discomfort. At 611 MRI, you will always be treated with compassion and respect. Whether it is a pillow or warm blanket for comfort or music played for relaxation, 611 MRI works with you to ensure the best possible patient care.

Who interprets my scans?

The majority of our exams are interpreted at our office by Dr Adam Trybus Jr, a well known local Board Certified Radiologist. All of our radiologists are held to the highest standards and are board certified. After our radiologists have interpreted your images, your results are sent directly to your personal doctor. Your doctor will provide you with the results of the scan.

When will I get my results?

We work closely with your personal doctor to ensure that your results are delivered in a timely manner. We understand that waiting is often the worst part, so we make it our mission to deliver the results to your physician within 24 hours of the exam.

How does an MRI work?

An MRI uses two safe and natural forces, magnets and radio waves. There is no radiation associated with an MRI. The powerful magnet in the machine temporarily aligns the hydrogen atoms in your body. The radio waves then cause these atoms to vibrate. An image is produced based on how these atoms move.

How long will the MRI take?

A typical scan will take 45 minutes. From arrival to completion, you can expect your visit to 611 MRI to be about 1 hour.

What if my doctor orders contrast with my MRI?

Contrast is ordered for one in five patients. Contrast is an agent used to enhance images on certain exams. Your doctor and our radiologist determine if a contrast injection will be of benefit in obtaining an accurate diagnosis. Contrast typically leaves the body via urine within 24 hours. Allergic reactions to contrast agents are very rare and are typically treated with normal allergy medications.

 If you have further questions or concerns about contrast, a member of our team is more than happy to assist.

Is it possible that I can't get an MRI?

Only a few people are excluded from having an MRI. If you have any items on the list, you cannot have an MRI, however, you may be able to have a CT scan. Consult your physician.

  • A pacemaker
  • Cardiac pumps
  • A defibrillator
  • Aneurysm clips in the brain
  • Vagus nerve stimulator
  • Metal fragments in your eye(s)
  • Inner ear implants




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