What is MRI?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI utilizes a powerful magnet and radio waves to create detailed cross sectional images of the body. Since MRI operates on the principle of a magnetic field and radio waves, there is no radiation involved.
For more information about this and all radiology specialties, including information about radiation safety and concerns, please visit this website

During the MRI exam

The patient will experience loud thumping or knocking noises throughout the exam. Earplugs or headphones will be provided to help block the noise. The technologist can hear you throughout the test, and also may be talking to you through an intercom system. Exam times vary, depending on the type of exam ordered by your physician. While in the machine, the patient must remain completely still.
Examples of some uses
·         Spine, joint, or muscle problems/ injury
·         Abdominal tumors, disorders, gallstones
·         Brain abnormalities, strokes,
·         Blood vessel problems
·         Breast cancer


The only test requiring a prep in MRI, is an MRCP. This particular test looks at the ducts leading to the gallbladder and pancreas. NPO, or nothing to eat or drink after midnight, is required for this test. Patients may eat or drink for all other tests in MRI, even those with IV contrast.
Please wear comfortable clothing, with no metal buttons, snaps or metallic accents. Jewelry will have to be removed, as well as any hair accessories with metal before MRI exam. Hearing aids will also need to be removed.
For the patient’s safety and convenience there is a private dressing room with a locker to securely store all valuables until the end of your exam.
Please make the MRI technologist aware of the following:
·         Pacemakers, defibrillators, artificial heart valves
·         If you have an implanted heart valve, please bring your Implant card with you for safety clearance.
·         Cochlear implant (surgical implants for hearing)
·         Pain pumps, spinal stimulators
·         Bullets, shrapnel, metal shavings near or behind eyes

Hours of Operation

Hospital MRI hours of operation are 7:00am until 6:30pm.
Outpatient MRI hours of operation are from 8:00am until 5:00pm. Please arrive no earlier than 7:45 if you are the first patient.


Springhill Medical Center has 2 MRI locations to best serve our patients.
Our Hospital MRI is located on the first floor of the main hospital, in the main Radiology department. If the pre-registration department has ‘expressed registered’ you, please go directly to the Radiology front desk. All other patients please go to the Admitting department, also on the first floor just off the main lobby in the hospital.
Outpatient MRI is located in the Gerald Wallace Annex Building, just behind the hospital and Outpatient Surgery. 
The Outpatient MRI is a full service facility, which has its own registration department for the patient’s convenience. Simply park in the lot in front of the Annex building, and we are located on the first floor just through the glass double doors.
The Outpatient facility performs all the exams offered in the Hospital and further specializes in Breast MRI, non-contrasted MR Angiography (also known as FBI or fresh blood imaging). Springhill’s Outpatient MRI is the first and only facility in the region to offer this state of the art technology to patients that may otherwise be excluded from MR Angiography due to various conditions. Our Outpatient MRI also has a new ‘vacuum’ or buffering technology that results in a quieter exam and more comfortable experience.

Contact Us

For any questions or problems, please call MRI at 251-460-5279, Outpatient MRI at 251-340-7774 or the main Radiology department after hours at 251-460-5388.
To schedule an exam, please call Central Scheduling at 251-460-5362.

Thank you for choosing Springhill Medical Center’s MRI department. We look forward to providing a comfortable and pleasant MRI experience for you!