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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a simple, painless procedure that produces images without the use of radiation. MRI uses a magnetic field, radio waves and computers to generate images. The images obtained provide our physicians with a view of the body’s structures enabling them to diagnose many diseases.


Most MRI exams are painless. However, some patients find it uncomfortable to remain still during MR imaging. Others experience a sense of being closed-in (claustrophobia). For your comfort, we offer a High Field Open MRI at our Escondido location. If you have any concerns about being able to remain still during the exam or are claustrophobic, please let us know when scheduling your exam.


After you are positioned on the MRI table, the table will move you into the magnet and your technologist will leave the room. When the exam is completed, you may be asked to wait while the technologist reviews your images for quality.


After the exam, your images will be reviewed by the radiologist who creates a report that is sent to your physician. Your results will be given to you by the physician who ordered your exam.


Additionally information about MR exams in general or a specific exam can be accessed at

Exam Specific Preparations
  • MRI - Abdomen or Abdomen & Pelvis (including Enterography and MRCP)

    • Do not eat or drink anything except water 6 hours prior to the exam.

    • Please make sure you are hydrated.

  • MRI - Breast

    • Please make sure you are hydrated.

  • All Other MRI Exams

    • Light meals are ok.

    • Please make sure you are hydrated.


Exam Preparations for All MR Exams

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time to allow for registration and exam preparation.

  • Notify us at the time of scheduling and at the time of arrival of any allergies or special needs.

  • Bring your insurance card, photo ID and physicians order to your appointment time. If worker's compensation, please bring your adjuster's information and your authorization.

  • Wear comfortable clothing. 

  • To ensure the highest quality procedure in a safe environment, we are UNABLE to provide child care services for you during your exam. Please do not bring unattended children to the imaging centers.

  • Hydrate the day before and day of your exam unless specifically directed otherwise. Take all prescribed medications with a small sip of water unless directed otherwise.

Our Open MRI in Escondido!

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