Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses pulsed radio frequency and magnets to create images used for screening and diagnosis.
To detect problems with blood vessels and blood flow, Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA), is also available.
For cardiac, neurologic, orthopaedic and full-body scanning, Northwestern's MRI Service offers highly advanced MRI equipment including teh Siemens MAGNETOM Skyra 3T™ and the MAGNETOM Aera 1.5T™. The Skyra and Aera™ feature a powerful whole-body magnet that can produce clear images quickly, so you don't need to worry about your movements blurring the image. Clearer images mean quicker, more precise diagnoses, even for challenging diseases and conditions such as:
Our scanners offer you a more comfortable experience, with reduced noise levels, ultra-lightweight coils, and feet-first scans in nearly all cases. A larger opening and improved table design accommodate a wide range of body types.
You may have an MRI at these locations:
6 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
7 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday
7 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday
Northwestern Memorial Imaging Center (NMIC)
7 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday
Prentice Women's Hospital
7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday
7 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday
Before your appointment, please download the following forms, complete them, and brign them with you to your appointment:
What To Expect
What to Expect During Your Outpatient MRI Visit (pdf)
Before the Exam
Please arrive at the scheduled time given to you in order to complete any outstanding documentation (insurance, forms, etc). After completing your registration, you will be brought to a changing area and instructed to remove any clothing or jewelry that is in the area of interest, and may need to change into a hospital gown. If your exam requires Oral or Intravenous Contrast Material, you will be escorted to a secondary waiting room where you will be given the appropriate contrast, or called by the nurse to place the IV line.
During the Exam
Once the department is ready for your scan, they will come to the appropriate waiting area and call your name and escort you to the scan room. The Technologist will help you into position and will provide any instructions for the exam.
After the Exam
The staff will help direct you back to the changing area and give any additional instructions as necessary. The results from the Radiologist of your exam are typically distributed to your Ordering Provider within 48 hours of the exam.
A Physician Order is required for all MRI procedures.
To schedule an appointment, please call 312-926-9000.