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Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Magnetic resonance imaging is a safe, painless way to create images of your organs and tissues without the use of radiation.

MRI: Advanced Technology. Accurate Diagnosis.

MRI technology uses magnet waves to create detailed images of structures inside your body. These images, particularly of the brain, spin, muscles and various structures of your attatonomy, giving physicians more time and better better information to determine the most appropriate treatment.

An MRI can help diagnose many conditions, including:

Brain and Spine

  • Aneurysm
  • Tumor
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Stroke


  • Damage from a heart attack
  • Valve issues
  • Pericaditis
  • Heart chamber problems

Bone and Joints

  • Arthritis
  • Infections
  • Tumors
  • Cartilage, tendon and ligament damage
  • Fractures not seen via X-ray

An MRI can also be performed to diagnose conditions with:

  • Kidneys
  • Liver
  • Prostate
  • Spleen
  • Ovaries
  • Breast

Convenience and Comfort

At Bristol Health, our MRI unit provides high-quality images with ultra-fast scanning capabilities. Our technologists will work with you to make you comfortable throughout your test. You can also listen to your own music to help keep you calm during your test.

If you experience claustrophobia or are anxious about your MRI, we have anesthesiologists available to provide sedation to help keep you calm and relaxed throughout your test.

How the Test is Performed

Some exams may require a special dye, which, in most cases will be given through a vein (IV) in your hand or forearm. It is used solely to allow the radiologist to see certain things more clearly.

For the MRI, you will lay on a narrow table and be slowly slid into the MRI scanner. During the MRI, the person who operates the machine will watch you from another room. The test lasts about 30 to 60 minutes, but may take longer. You are able to be in contat with the scanner technician during the test.

Our MRI suite is equipped with a stereo for your comfort, please bring your favorite CD or iPod to listen to during your scan.

Wide Bore MRI

We also offer a wide Bore MRI at the Bristol Radiology Center. This unit is quite larger than a regular MRI providing a comforting feeling for children, older adults, physically larger individuals or those suffering from claustrophobia.

If you are interested in this type of MRI, please call 860.584.0541.

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