MRI at WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital
WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital
4th and Walnut Sts.
252 S. 4th St.
Lebanon, PA 17042
Mon - Fri 7 am - 9 pm
Sat 8 am - 12 pm
By Appointment Only
(717) 270-4584 Fax
Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRIs, are an advanced, state of the art method, which produces very clear pictures, or images, of the human body without the use of x-rays. The images are obtained using a very strong magnetic field and a radio-frequency pulse. Traditional and open scanning units are available to accommodate our patients.
Our MRI department is uniquely equipped with two MRI scanners.
Our traditional high-field scanner offers the best image quality available in Lebanon County, with the fastest scan times. This shorter cylinder scanner has a roomy feel, enhancing patient comfort.
Our new Oasis High-Field Open MRI is the best of both worlds: superb image quality and the comfort of a truly Open MRI.
The Oasis offers:
MRI patients can enjoy convenient, private parking. Please use the lot off of Walnut Street, directly in front of the MRI entrance.
Do I need an appointment for my MRI?
Yes, your physician will need to call our office to schedule your appointment. We offer evening and Saturday appointments.
Do I need to bring anything along to my appointment?
Yes, you will need to bring the order from your physician, photo identification, pertinent x-rays or previous MRI images as well as your insurance information.
Will my insurance pay for my MRI?
Most insurance companies will require preauthorization for an MRI. Please check with your insurance company prior to your appointment.
How do I prepare for the exam?
Will I receive radiation during my MRI?
No. An MRI examination is performed with a very strong magnet.
What happens if I panic?
Every patient is provided a "call" bell to alert the technologist in the event that there may be a problem.
Will my head be in the MRI machine?
Depending on what body part we are imaging, that specific area needs to be in the center of the magnetic field.
What will I wear for my MRI study?
Depending on the scan you are having you may be asked to change into a patient gown. However, if your clothing is free of all metallic objects you may be able to stay dressed.
Will my dental work, braces or dentures effect my MRI?
Most dental work does not present a problem for an MRI study. However, for MRI examinations of the head and/or neck area, the patient will be asked to remove dentures to prevent a metal artifact.
How long will my MRI study take?
Patients are routinely requested to arrive 15 minutes before the actual scan time. This allows time for a safety screening and for obtaining a short medical history from you about your symptoms. Depending on the type of MRI or MRA study your doctor requested, most examination time's range from 30 minutes to one hour. Times will vary according to the patient's specific needs.
May I take my medication before the exam?
Yes. It is advised that you take your prescribed medication, as directed by your doctor, on the day of your exam.
Will my physician get my MRI images?
Only if requested. Your physician will get a report sent to him/her immediately upon finalization by the radiologist.
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