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What is MRI?
MRI is a non-invasive procedure that uses powerful magnets and radio waves to construct pictures of the body. A powerful magnet generates a magnetic field roughly 10,000 times stronger than the natural background magnetism from the earth. A very small percentage of hydrogen atoms within a human body will align with this field.

When focused radio wave pulses are broadcast towards the aligned hydrogen atoms in tissues of interest, they will return a signal. The subtle differences in that signal from various body tissues enables MRI to differentiate organs, and potentially contrast benign and malignant tissue.

Faster, Shorter and More Comfortable Scanning Techniques
The Imaging Department at Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital performs fast scanning techniques and advanced imaging. The MRI technology features a comfortable, open environment that may help reduce patient anxiety. The magnet accommodates large and claustrophobic patients. For some exams, the patient’s head is actually outside the scanner. The patient-friendly features such as the wide patient opening, music entertainment, soft patient mattress with a headrest, and reduced noise help improve patient comfort and makes it easier to scan children and senior citizens, who may be nervous about entering an MRI scanner.

Enhanced Customer Service

At Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital, our goal is to provide the best quality MR experience for our patients. From the private interview lounge to the complimentary integrated conventional therapies including aromatherapy and soothing music, the friendly and compassionate staff are here to meet your needs.
Preparing for your visit: 

Here's what you can expect on the day of your visit.

  • The exam takes from 20 minutes to an hour, during which time you will need to lie still on a comfortable padded table. 
  • We will try to make you as comfortable as possible during your exam.  If you experience discomfort at any time, you will be able to communicate with the technologist through an intercom system.
  • During the exam, you will hear humming, clicking and thumping sounds coming from the equipment.  There is no need for alarm, as these sounds are part of the normal functioning of this type of equipment.
  • For optimal imaging quality, it is important for you to remain as still as possible during your exam.  Your technologist will provide pillows and pads to help you become comfortably positioned.
  • MRIs may not be performed on patients with Cardiac Pacemakers, some Cardiac Valves and Stents, Otologic Implants, Implanted Neurostimulators, Aneurysm Clips in the head, and pregnancy in some cases. 
  • If you are at least 50 years of age and will be receiving an intravenous contrast agent in conjunction with your MRI exam, you will need to have completed recent blood work prior to your exam.  Please be sure to discuss with your physician prior to your scheduled exam date.
  • Wear comfortable clothing that is free from any metal, such as buttons and zippers.  If this is not possible, we will provide you with a gown during your exam.  Female patients may also wear a sports bra.
  • Leave jewelry, hair pins and any metallic objects at home.
  • Please notify the technologist of any prior surgeries or injuries where metal may be inside the body.
  • Please bring any relevant outside X-rays or other exams for correlation.   

Following Your Visit:


  • Our Radiologists will interpret your images and send a report directly to your doctor.  Your doctor will communicate the results of your exam to you.