Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between MRI and CT?

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) uses strong magnetic fields with radio waves to capture images of the body, while CT (Computerized Tomography) uses high-energy radiation.

Are MRI scans safe?

MRI scans are considered very safe, and no radiation is used. The magnets in the MRI will attract metallic objects, so all metal must be removed before entrance into the MRI scanning room.

How long does the scan take?

Scans will usually take around 30 minutes to complete. However, they may take longer depending on the scan.

What if I am pregnant?

If you are pregnant, you must notify our radiology technologist.

What if I become claustrophobic?

Unlike most MRIs, where you are placed in a narrow tube, Desert Peak offers an open MRI. This means that both sides are completely open, providing you with plenty of space and comfort during your scan.