Screening and Preparation

MRI is a safe, painless exam that does not expose you to radiation. The MRI machine contains a very powerful magnet so we must ensure that no metal objects get near the machine. 

Prior to your exam, you will receive a telephone call from one of UVA Imaging's Patient Liaisons.  The Liaison will provide information and ask screening questions related to your upcoming MRI.

During the MRI

You will lie on a table which will slide inside of the MRI.  The specific positioning will depend on the body part being imaged.

For safety and comfort, you will be offered a call button, warm blankets, and ear plugs or a selection of music.

The average MRI exam on one body part lasts 30-45 minutes.  Scans of more than one body part take longer. Your technologists will tell you how long you can expect to be in the machine.

Communication and Sound

The MRI makes a loud thumping noise as it produces images.  This video allows you to the hear MRI sound.

The technologist can see and communicate with you at all times during your MRI.

Our experienced technologists have many ways to help make you comfortable during your MRI. You will be given hearing protection to reduce the MRI noise during your exam. You will also be offered music. Please tell the technologist if you experience anxiety or claustrophobia.


    The doctor who ordered your exam will provide the results to you.

    If there is a critical finding on your study,  your doctor will be notified by our Radiologists. 

    If you have not heard from your provider within a reasonable time, please call their office directly.