Magnetic Resonance Imaging - MRI Clinic
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a test that uses powerful magnets, radio waves, and a computer to make detailed pictures of the inside of your body. Your doctor can use this test to diagnose you or to see how well you've responded to treatment. Unlike X-rays and computed tomography (CT) scans, MRIs don’t use the damaging ionizing radiation of X-rays. An MRI helps a doctor diagnose a disease or injury, and it can monitor how well you’re doing with a treatment. MRIs can be done on different parts of your body. It's especially useful for looking at soft tissues and the nervous system. The MRI scan should take 20-90 minutes.. You can usually go home after an MRI and get back to your normal routine. If you had medicine to help you relax, you’ll stay in the imaging center until you’re fully awake. You’ll also need someone to drive you home.
What to Expect
We know you may have questions about our new technology and about MRI procedures. Our technologists will be glad to answer those questions or provide more information. If your doctor requests an MRI exam for you, we will provide a step-by-step process to explain how the procedure is performed here at HPH and what you can expect during your procedure. During the MRI scan, you lie on a cushioned table that moves into the scanner. MRIs are not painful, but you will hear loud noises; this occurs when pictures are being taken. Some patients feel claustrophobic in the scanners, but our experienced, friendly care team is available to answer any questions you may have.
Planning Your Visit
- Please arrive 30 minutes early to complete pre-screening paperwork
- Bring your ID card and insurance information
- Bring any previous x-rays taken at another facility
- Continue to take any medication you normally take, unless you have specifically been told otherwise when your appointment was confirmed by one of our team members
- No metallic objects can be worn or carried into the exam area (ex: watch, jewelry, keys, and coins)
After your MRI Exam
- You may resume regularly schedule activities
- Your images will be interpreted by one of our board-certified radiologists
- A member of our care team will contact you to discuss the results
What can the MRI Clinic Diagnose?
- Blood vessel damage
- Brain Injury
- Eye Problems
- Blocked Blood Vessels
- Heart Disease
- Bone Injections
- Liver Diseases
- Breast Diseases
- Kidney Diseases
If you need to cancel your appointment, we kindly ask you to call a day in advance, if possible.
Humboldt Park Health - MRI Clinic
1044 N. Francisco Avenue
Chicago, IL 60622