Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)




The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) services offered at Open MRI of St Joseph, generate high-quality state-of-the-art images of the human anatomy. An MRI is a non-invasive procedure that creates images of the inside of a patient’s body. The basics of an MRI, consist of using a magnetic field, radio waves and computer software without the use of high dosages of radiation, which is typically found in computerized tomography (CT) studies.

At Open MRI of St Joseph, we pride ourselves on being the region’s only high-field open MRI system. With unmatched open architectural design and the widest patient opening in the industry. This design helps with anxiety and claustrophobia, improving patient comfort.


In order to provide you with a safe MRI experience, and to expedite getting results, we ask that you read and follow the steps listed below.

The MRI magnet is always on, therefore it is very important to follow the safety guidelines and make sure to remove all metal that may be on you. Failure to follow these guidelines could potentially cause great harm to yourself and the technologist.

  • Fill out the History Checklist to make sure it is safe for you to have an MRI. The screening form covers any contraindications that may prohibit you from having an MRI.
  • Provide your MRI order along with any previous imaging reports – such as xray, CT and MRI exams that have been taken of the area we will be imaging.
  • Bring your insurance card along with a photo ID.
  • Leave all valuables at home. Remove all jewelry – including body piercings. Remove all hairpins, bobby pins, barrettes, clips, etc. Remove your watch, cell phone, bank cards, and credit cards.
  • You will be asked to remove eyeglasses, hearing aids and possibly your dentures prior to the MRI.
  • Wear clothing with no zippers, buttons, snaps or hooks (including bras for women). Gowns and shorts will be provided if needed. Shoes will be removed, but your socks can stay on. Personal lockers are provided to secure your items.