MRI is a way of allowing your physician to see inside your body without surgery or radiation. MRI uses a strong magnetic field of radio waves. There are no known biological hazards associated with MRI. Certain factors may interfere with an MRI scan, and may be dangerous to your health.

Hours: Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

If you have any questions please call our Medical Imaging Department at 608-768-6229.

What to expect during your MRI

A technologist will position you as comfortably as possible on the scanning table. Depending on the body part to be examined, you will enter the scanner either feet-first or head-first, as the part to be examined must be in the center of the magnet for the machine to work properly. You will be given earplugs to muffle the loud tapping noises of the machine. 

You will also be given an alert bulb so you may summon the technologist at any time during the exam. The technologist will perform your exam from an adjoining control room. You will be able to communicate with the technologist with the aid of the alert bulb and an intercom system. Each MRI exam requires several sets of images, called sequences, which may last for several minutes. The average exam will take 30-45 minutes.