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MRI is a non-invasive, diagnostic imaging technique that uses a large magnet, radio waves and a computer to produce images of the regions of interest of your body designated by your physician. It gives your physician the ability to see detailed images of your anatomy. The open architecture allows patients to continuously see and reach out the sides of this scanner. All procedures traditionally done on bore-type high field scanners can be performed on our open scanner with uncompromised image quality.
Your physician uses MRI images in the early discovery and treatment planning for many conditions and diseases. There is no radiation involved in an MRI examination and it often replaces invasive tests that may be less accurate and more expensive.

What To Expect

The patient-friendly facilities offer a comfortable setting. The technologist will simply ask you to lie down on a cushioned table, which will move into the magnet, after you have been positioned for your scans. For some patients, a small injection of a contrast agent may be required.

The average MRI exam usually takes between 45-60 minutes. After the exam, you may return to work or home and resume normal activities. A radiologist will promptly review and interpret your images and deliver a report to your physician.

Exam Preparation

Usually, there are no dietary restrictions before an MRI exam. However, we do ask you to take the following pre-cautions for your own personal safety and to ensure that we get the best possible images.

Please do not wear hairspray, eyeglasses, jewelry, a hearing aid or any removable dental work. You can remove any of the above mentioned items and leave them in your dressing room prior to the exam.

Finally, and most important, inform your technologist if you have a pacemaker, a metal plate, pin, or other metallic implant, cochlear implants/ metallic ear implant, aneurysm clips, or if you are pregnant. Also, it is important to know if you have been exposed to metallic fragments through a war wound, as a metal worker, etc.

Open MRI services are offered at the following locations:

  • Beachwood
  • Parma
  • Columbus


No Insurance?

For individuals who do not have insurance coverage, Advantage offers low self pay rates for all radiology exams including MRI and CT. Advantage's rates are a fraction of what other imaging companies offer.

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