MRI Services in St. Louis

MRIs are a cornerstone of modern healthcare and diagnostic imaging.

An MRI scan, or magnetic resonance imaging, is a test that uses magnets and radio waves to transmit signals to a computer, which creates a highly detailed image of the body. Patients have no radiation exposure with MRI scans.

MRIs are often the preferred choice for assessing bones, tissues, and circulation. They can identify tumors, joint issues, blood vessels, tissue degeneration, and even neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis.

Professional Imaging provides affordable, state of the art diagnostic imaging services in a friendly environment. Each of our locations offers extended hours to fit your schedule.

A MRI scan (magnetic resonance imaging) is a diagnostic test that creates detailed images of the body by using a combination of magnets, radio waves, and a computer. It is used to diagnose or investigate problems affecting bones, soft tissues, and/or vessels.

Contact us to schedule an MRI or call (314) 743-2000.

MRI Types

Professional Imaging provides MRI scans tailored to your specific diagnostic needs:

  • Brain MRI
    Brain MRIs are ideal for assessing neurological issues like tumors, chronic conditions, infection, and trauma.
  • Spinal MRI
    Spinal MRIs target evaluations for back pain, disc problems, spinal injuries, and potential spinal cord compression.
  • Musculoskeletal MRI
    Musculoskeletal MRIs are commonly used for sports injuries, arthritis, tendon tears, bone abnormalities, and more.
  • Breast Rupture MRI
    Breast MRIs can be utilized to detect an intracapsular or extracapsular implant rupture.

Some MRI scans may require an intravenous contrast agent to enhance image quality and highlight abnormalities. Those with kidney issues should consult a medical professional before undergoing contrast MRIs.

Prepare for Your MRI: Frequently Asked Questions

Our caring staff is here to ensure your absolute comfort throughout your visit. If you have any questions before or after your MRI, please reach out to us or call (314) 743-2000.

Below are answers to frequently asked questions about MRI scans:

What is an MRI with contrast?

MRIs with contrast help to enhance image quality and improve the specificity your doctor can see. It can also help diagnose tumors, vascular issues, joint problems, and more.

MRI contrast, or dye, can also be used for:

  • Differentiating between scar tissue and post-operative issues
  • Enhancing the intricacies of infected or abscessed tissue
  • Identifying different tissue types
  • Assessing the openness of vessels during MR Angiography
How long does an MRI take?

MRIs last anywhere from 20 minutes for an area of the spine to 60 minutes for a brain study. The length depends on the body part scanned and whether contrast is administered. Our efficient technologies aim to minimize scan times.

Is an MRI painful?

MRIs are non-invasive and generally painless. You’ll lie comfortably on a motorized table that slowly slides into the scanner tunnel. During the MRI, you will be required to remain completely still for clear imaging.

MRIs can be noisy. These sounds are normal and indicate that images are being captured. Since it can be loud, we provide ear protection to ensure optimal comfort. You can even listen to your favorite music during your scan!

Your comfort and safety are our top priorities. Please let your technician know of any pain or discomfort before the MRI to address any concerns beforehand.

Do I need a doctor's referral for an MRI?

Yes, a doctor’s order is required and ensures that your MRI is medically appropriate for your condition.

Can I have an MRI if I have a medical implant?

Many implants are MRI-safe, but please inform our team in advance so that we may verify as necessary prior to your visit.

Can I have an MRI if I have a pacemaker?

Any patient with a pacemaker will be referred to an appropriate hospital facility for imaging.

Should I take my daily medications before an MRI?

Most often, no. Please call (314) 743-2000 to talk with one of our trained staff members. We will be able to review your current prescriptions and let you know if any changes are needed before your scheduled MRI. 

Can I eat before my MRI?

Generally, eating before an MRI is okay. If you are receiving an MRI with contrast, your doctor may have instructions to fast for 4+ hours beforehand. If you are unsure, please contact our office.

How much does an MRI cost?

Costs vary based on the type of scan, insurance, etc. Please use our online cost estimator or contact our staff to learn more.

Schedule an MRI

MRIs require trust and confidence in your provider. All of our staff are rigorously trained in HIPAA compliance and patient-centered care. From our receptionists to our ARRT-registered MRI technologists and nurses, we strive to make your MRI experience as comfortable and stress-free as possible. You’re in good hands with Professional Imaging.

Please contact us to schedule an MRI or call (314) 743-2000.

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