Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) are high definition imaging techniques that use a strong magnetic field and radio waves sent to a computer to create diagnostic images. MRI’s are especially advantageous in visualizing soft tissue where MRA’s are utilized for artery and vein visualization.
All patients are required to complete a safety questionnaire to determine if they can be safely scanned. The procedure is well tolerated by most patients; however, patients that may be claustrophobic (fear of enclosed spaces) or are unable to hold still (due to pain, nervousness) may not tolerate the exam as well. It is not uncommon for these patients to receive a relaxation or sedation agent, or pain from their physician to take prior to their MRI or MRA procedure. Many patients will receive a routinely utilized contrast agent (i.e. gadolinium) for their MRI procedure.
Our highly trained and professional staff provides a superior patient experience including the scheduling of your appointment through the completion of your procedure. SJMHS has six MRI scanners of various strengths located in Livingston, Washtenaw and Wayne counties, and an open scanner located at the Ann Arbor location. We provide all routine and most advanced specialty imaging including Cardiac MRI, Breast MRI and MRI Guided Breast Biopsies.
SJMHS Livingston MRI / MRA procedures include:
*Note: Patient’s with exams that require a 3T scanner must be scheduled at the Chelsea location
Please call 734-712-1313 or 1-800-396-1313 and fax your order to 734-712-1380 or 800-338-9865 Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-6p.m. to schedule your exam.
If you have questions regarding the procedure your physician has ordered, please call (734) 712-4958 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. 7 days a week, to be connected with specialized staff who can answer your questions.
Depending on your procedure, you may receive two bills.
Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Monday - Friday,
8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Huron Valley Radiology, PC, 866-744-1452
Monday - Thursday,
8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
To request an estimate call 734-712-1500 or fill our web form.
What should I do before my MRI / MRA Procedure?
A Patient Safety Screening Questionnaire must be completed at your physician’s office. These questions provide important information to ensure that you do not have any condition or metal in your body that would prevent you from having an MRI/MRA procedure. Be sure to include any allergies or kidney problems.
If you have a fear of small spaces (claustrophobia) or have difficulty lying still because of pain or other underlying conditions, talk with your physician prior to your MRI/MRA. Your physician may want to prescribe medication for you. The MRI department does not provide any medications. If your physician prescribes sedation for you to take during your MRI/MRA procedure, you must have a driver accompany you to your appointment. If you have any concerns regarding your MRI/MRA, please discuss them with your physician.
While we do offer an Open MR scanner, if claustrophobic, we still recommend that you talk to you physician about an oral sedative. While the Open MRI scanner is open on the sides, depending on the anatomy being scanned, the top of the unit may still present close to a patient's face.
How do I prepare for my MRI/MRA procedure?
You will receive a confirmation call two days before your appointment and any preparation instructions will be given during this call. At the Brighton and Livingston locations, you will receive an automated call reminding you of your appointment two days before the day of your scheduled exam.
What can I expect when I arrive for my MRI / MRA appointment?
You will be asked to fill out a history form. This helps us care for you during your visit with us. This information is provided to the Radiologist who will review current and historical information related to your clinical condition while interpreting your images. A staff member will review your patient safety screening form and history form with you. We will also explain the procedure to you. You will be asked to remove all metal objects. This may include jewelry, glasses and dentures. If possible leave all metal objects at home. You will be provided hospital attire to wear during your exam to insure your safety and also reduce the risk of problems with the images. This may include a hospital gown or scrub pants. Remember to use the restroom before your MRI, so you can be comfortable during the procedure.
What should I expect during my MRI/MRA procedure?
Each MRI procedure requires specific body positioning and the use of an MRI coil (image information receiver). This will be explained to you during your interview with the MRI staff. Most procedures require a heads first entry in to the magnet (ie, brain, neck, chest, shoulder) while others require feet first entry (foot/ankle, knee, hip, pelvis, abdomen, breast). The MRI scanner is very noisy (loud knocking sound) when we are making images. You will be provided ear protection to minimize this noise. It is important that you hold as still as possible during the scan to ensure the images don’t blur. The more relaxed you are the easier and faster the scan will be.
Will I receive IV contrast for my MRI / MRA procedure?
Some MRI / MRA procedures may require the administration of Intravenous (IV) contrast. A contrast agent is a material or dye used to make specific organs, blood vessels, or types of tissue (such as tumors) more visible on MRI images. Gadolinium is the contrast agent utilized for image enhancement in MRI. You may experience slight discomfort while the needle is placed if your procedure requires IV contrast. Please notify the department if you have a history of an allergic reaction to Gadolinium.
How long will my MRI / MRA procedure last?
The MRI/MRA procedure generally lasts about 45 minutes. Some procedures are longer in duration and others may be slightly shorter.
What should I expect after my MRI/MRA procedure?
There are no noted side effects from MRI / MRA procedures. You will be able to resume normal activities immediately following the procedure unless otherwise directed by your physician.
When will I receive my results?
A radiologist will interpret the images and a report will be sent to the physician who ordered your procedure. Please follow up with your physician’s office on when and how you will receive the results of your MRI/MRA procedure.
You may also gain access to your results utilizing the SJMHS Patient Portal (must be previously registered to utilize). Reports are typically available on the Patient Portal 5 days post exam.
How do I obtain a copy of my report or images?
To obtain a copy of your report or images, please contact the Imaging Results Center (IRC) at 734-712-RADS (7237) or fill out an online request for imaging results. Note: The IRC requires 24 business hours notice to fulfill your request. You will be able to pick up your material at the location you specified and will be required to present a photo ID and sign a release at the time of pickup.
How can I find out the cost of a SJMHS imaging procedure?
Please refer to the general FAQ’s for information on how to obtain price estimates for mammography procedures. Patient’s may call the SJMHS estimate line at 734-712-7392 (option 3 for facility estimates)
SJMHS also offers financial assistance program through the financial counseling department is reachable at 734-712-2009.
Who can I call if I have billing questions?
Depending on your procedure, you may receive two bills.
If you have questions about your bill from: