MRI/Open MRI

mri2MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency waves and computer technology to produce detailed pictures of the organs,soft tissues bone and virtually all other internal body structures. There is no X-ray radiation used in MRI. Valley Imaging installed one of the first high field MRI scanners in the East San Gabriel Valley in 1989. Imaging quality and scan speeds have improved dramatically over the years Valley Imaging is proud of our wide open high field 1.5 Tesla MRI scanner. The opening of the scanner is 70 cm. wide and has a weight capacity of 550 pounds. With this strong magnet we are able to ensure fast scan times and most exams are completed within 20 to 30 minutes. If you are nervous or apprehensive about your MRI exam, feel free to stop by our center for a tour and explanation of your examination prior to your appointment.

Preparation for a MRI Scan
You should wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing, without metal snaps or buttons if possible. Please leave jewelry, hair pins or any other metal items at home. If you do bring in metallic objects, a locker will be provided for you to store them during your exam. No metal is allowed into the MRI room. In some cases a paramagnetic contrast material is given intravenously, and if this is the case, you may require a blood test prior to your exam to check on your kidney function. You will be asked questions at the time of scheduling your appointment that will help us determine if your exam will require intravenous and or oral contrast. Any necessary preparation for your exam will be explained to you at that time.

It is extremely important that you inform our staff if you have any of the following (some of which may preclude you from having an MRI scan):

  • Cardiac Pacemaker or Implanted Defibrillator
  • Artificial Heart Valve(s)
  • Implanted Electronic Device
  • Artificial Limbs or Metallic Joint Prosthesis or Eye Prosthesis
  • Implanted Nerve Stimulators
  • Medication Pumps
  • Penile Implants
  • Metal Pins, Screws, Plates, Stents or Surgical staples
  • Brain Aneurysm Clips
  • Bullets, shrapnel, or BBs
  • Body Piercing
  • Hearing Aids
  • Radiations Seeds
  • Any other type of Metal Implant
  • Eyelid Springs or any Metal fragments in the eyes