MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
MRI is a non-invasive, non-radiating diagnostic exam that usually takes no longer than 45 minutes. At Lawrence General Hospital, MRI services are designed to provide a comfortable and relaxed experience for patients, including the elderly and individuals that may be anxious or claustrophobic. The hospital works in close collaboration with Merrimack Valley Health Services, Inc.
Lawrence General has two outpatient MRI locations: The South Pavilion at Lawrence General and the West Entrance at Andover Medical Center.
The hospital campus houses a Panorama High Field Open (HFO) MRI which offers patients panoramic views of nearly 360 degrees, and features the Philips Ambient Experience. Patients can choose music, soft lighting, and images such as a beach or display of colorful graphics to be projected on a specially designed wall to create a calming landscape.
At Andover Medical Center, our 3T wide-bore MRI scanner offers a 70 cm bore which is open on both ends and provides up to 12 inches of headroom. 3T MRI technology can accommodate a need for shorter exam times, and a customizable patient experience that includes your choice of music to help you relax. We can accommodate patients up to 550 lbs. on the wide-bore MRI at Andover Medical Center. It must be noted that a patient’s body weight, body habitus and scan type may determine whether or not the scan can be performed.
Patients are pre-screened prior to their exam to ensure the most beneficial and timely MRI study. Questions asked during the prescreening process are necessary to determine your MRI compatibility and clinical needs. Some exams require the use of an injected contrast agent. MRI contrast agents rarely cause allergic reactions and the technologist will give you additional instructions in case of discomfort or delayed reaction. Patients can expect their MRI results report to be sent to their doctor in 24 hours or less.
MRI exams include:
- Breast/Breast Biopsy
- Head and Neck
Our MRI team accepts same day appointments and offers extended hours of operation. Most insurances are accepted including Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, ODS, and many others. We also accept personal injury and workers’ compensation patients. For questions or to make an appointment, please call 888-684-7674.