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    Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a test that lets your doctor see detailed pictures of the inside of your body. MRI combines the use of strong magnets and radio waves to form an MRI image.

    Our Open Bore MRI scanner is the only MRI unit in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with the capacity to accommodate larger patients. The Siemens Medical Solutions MAGNETOM Espree installed at Portage Health features a bore opening of nearly 2.3 feet in diameter and almost one foot of free space between a patient’s head and the magnet. The Espree also features the shortest 1.5 Tesla magnet available. This new system is ideal for all MRI patients including:

    • larger patients and
    • those with claustrophobia

    Preparing for this procedure

    • MRI uses strong magnets, so you’ll be asked to remove your watch, jewelry and other metal objects.
    • You may be asked to remove your makeup, which may contain some metal.
    • The test takes 30-60 minutes. Allow yourself extra time to check in.

    You may be asked about any of the following:

    • If you’ve had any previous surgery
    • If you have a pacemaker or other implants
    • Metal splinters in your body
    • Tattoos

    Your technologist will also ask you whether:

    • You are pregnant or think you may be
    • You are claustrophobic (afraid of confined spaces)

    What to expect during this procedure

    • You may be asked to wear a hospital gown
    • You may be injected with contrast (a special “dye” that improves the MRI image)
    • You will lie down on a platform that slides into the magnet.

    What to expect after this procedure

    • You can get back to normal activities right away. If you were given contrast, it will pass naturally through your body within a day.
    • Your doctor will discuss the test results with you during a follow-up appointment or over the phone.

    Contact us

    If you have additional questions about your appointment or our services, please call our Radiology Department at (906) 483-1410 or (800) 573-5001 (toll free).


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