MRI – Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Magnetic resonance imaging, more commonly known as an MRI, is a diagnostic procedure performed by medical professionals to provide a high-resolution image of the interior of the body. Although similar to an X-ray in that it can view the inside of the body in a non-invasive way, an MRI is generally used to provide images of soft tissue, rather than bone. This is the preferred method to diagnose spine and joint conditions that aren’t fractured. 


The MRI procedure is typically part of the evaluation process to determine if a patient dealing with chronic pain is a candidate for surgery. This detailed imagery allows our surgeons to see the exact cause of symptoms and whether an operation could be effective. If you have been living with constant back pain, reach out to our team at BEST Health System and see what diagnostic options are available to you.

What to Expect During an MRI

The MRI device will transmit radio waves toward the body through powerful magnets. The MRI technician will work from a nearby room and will communicate with the patient via microphone. 

An MRI technician will typically follow these steps when performing this diagnostic procedure:


  • Headphones or earplugs may be provided to reduce any noise the device makes. 
  • Patients must stay completely still during the procedure to ensure a clear image is captured.
  • Patients who fear enclosed spaces or who have anxiety may be given a sedative to help with relaxation. 
  • Patients will change into a gown and remove any objects containing metal such as jewelry, glasses, hairpins, or hearing aids.
  • Sessions will typically last between 15 minutes to an hour, depending on the individual’s circumstances. 


The healthcare professionals at BEST Health System are experienced in these diagnostic procedures and will help lead you on your path to recovery.


Our state-of-the-art scanner gives you access to the most advanced imaging technology for our patients when they need an MRI. BEST Health System will provide high-quality imaging using The Magnetom Aera MRI machine.

  • 50% higher productivity with Tim 4G and Dot. 
  • Faster acquisition and exam time.
  • Full range of applications for the clinical routine and research.
  • High patient comfort with 70 cm Open Bore and ultra-short system design.
  • High-resolution imaging.
  • Holds up to 250 kg/550 lb to accommodate more patients.
  • Optimized comfort for immobile patients.

Reach Out to BEST Health System Today

If you have experienced any of these symptoms or recieved a diagnosis and need treatment, BEST can help. Take the first step towards relief today.

Procedure Doctors

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