Webster High Field MRI
Webster Orthopedics has offered magnetic resonance imaging for over 15 years. Our General Electric 1.5 Tesla MRI systems are conveniently located on site in our Dublin and Oakland offices. We strive to make our patient as comfortable as possible while providing high quality imaging that allows for best patient outcomes.
Frequently Asked Questions about the MRI procedure and your appointment
What should I do to prepare for my MRI?
No special preparation is required prior to your MRI exam. You may eat normally and go about your daily routine. Continue to take any medication prescribed by your doctor unless otherwise directed.
Because of the magnetic field, you will be asked to leave the following items in a safe place outside the scan room:
- Credit cards
- Hearing aids
- Hair pins
- Other metal objects
We recommend that you wear comfortable clothing. You may also be asked to remove makeup and dentures and to wear a hospital gown to avoid magnetic interference from belt buckles and zippers.
Because of the potentially harmful effects associated with some metallic objects in a magnetic field, you should check with your physician or MRI technologist if you have had any brain, ear, eye, or other surgeries or any of the following:
- Neurostimulator (TENS-unit)
- Metal implants
- Intrauterine device (IUD), etc.
- Aneurysm clips
- Surgical staples
- Implanted drug infusion device
- Foreign metal objects in the eye
- Shrapnel or bullet wounds
- Permanent eyeliner
If you are pregnant, please notify your physician.
What happens during the MRI procedure?
How long does the MRI procedure last?
A technologist will be able to see you at all times. For your convenience, an intercom system is built in, so that if you need anything, the technologist will be right there. In certain instances, a contrast agent may be administered to enhance the study. There are no extra precautions if your doctor requires this. Consult the doctor or technologist if you have any questions.
When will my doctor get the results of my MRI?
Can I eat before my MRI?
I'm very claustrophobic. What can I do?
What insurance policies do you accept?
Insurance is often complicated. Nearly all insurance carriers will cover a percentage of fees for an MRI exam. The percentage of coverage does vary with policies. To avoid confusion, it is best to review your personal policy, consult with your insurance carrier, or contact our offices at:
- Main Office: (800) 943-8099
- MRI Office: (925) 838-1440
- Physical Therapy Office: (925) 838-1550
Will I have a co-pay at the time of service?
What if I need to cancel or reschedule my appointment?
Your physician or our medical staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your MRI exam.