MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology uses magnetic energy and radio waves to produce detailed images of soft tissue and vessels in various parts of the body including the brain, inner ear, spine, abdomen, pelvis, knee, shoulder and feet. An MRI scan can be used as an extremely accurate method of disease detection throughout the body. The image and resolution produced by MRI is very detailed and can detect the smallest of changes within the body.

Both our MRI machines are designed to be more accommodating to patients who are claustrophobic or for those who require more room inside the scanner.  We offer both a larger opening MRI and an open MRI.


Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.CT_Seal
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Schedule your MRI:  (410) 392-7050
Technical questions:  (410) 398-4000 ext. 1756

What should I expect?

When you arrive please report directly to Imaging with your doctor’s order (if you are pre-registered).  You will be asked to fill out a screening form before being brought back for your exam.

During the examination, you will hear loud knocking sounds while the images are being taken.  You should remain very still during this time as movement during the exam can blur the images. The technologist will be in constant communication with you throughout the exam.

For safety in the magnetic environment, you will be asked to change into one of our gowns.  The technologist will help you lie down on the scanner in the exam room and position you to produce the best possible images. The MRI table will move into the scanning space once you are comfortably positioned.

Most procedures are completed within 30 to 60 minutes.
For your comfort during the exam, you may bring your favorite music CD to listen to through our MRI system.

Please inform your doctor or any technologists if you have any metallic implants. The scanner’s strong magnet could cause discomfort or injury to you when placed in the magnetic field. These metallic implants could also exclude you from the exam. Please notify your doctor if you have any of the following:

  • a pacemaker
  • aneurysm clips
  • any implanted neuro-stimulators
  • a metal plate, pin or other metallic implant
  • ever been wounded through military service
  • ever been wounded from a previous gunshot wound
  • a history of eye injury caused by metal
  • a tattoo or permanent eye liner
  • claustrophobia
  • pregnancy

A radiologist will read the scans and send a report to your doctor, who will share the results with you.

Preparations for MRI exams

MRI with Contrast Injection