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What is an MRI?

Metroplex Health System including Rollins Brook Community Hospital use state-of-the-art Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to assist with diagnostic testing for early detection of developing diseases and abnormalities. Doctors employ this non-invasive technique to see inside the human body in great detail.

MRI uses a safe but powerful magnet, radio waves (the same kind that transmits FM music) and a computer system. The result - clear pictures of your joints, brain or spine.

A contrast agent called gadolinium is used for some MRI exams to make blood vessels more clearly visible.

What are the benefits of having an MRI/MRA performed?

MRI is often a complementary procedure to other diagnostic exams, such as x-ray, PET/CT exams or nuclear medicine. MRI test results can provide insightful information that would not otherwise be seen to the naked eye. As a result, MRI can serve as an early detector of developing diseases and abnormalities.

What to Expect During Your MRI

  • Having an MRI is safe and painless
  • You will lie down on a movable table that slides into the opening of the MRI. 
  • You will be given a “call button” so you can talk to the Technologist, by microphone, during the tests.
  • During the exam, the MRI produces repetitive LOUD tapping, knocking and other noises.  Ear plugs or music will be provided to help block the noise.
  • Most MRI exams last about 20-40 minutes, depending on the test you are taking. 
  • You must hold very still because movement can blur the resulting images or pictures.  If this happens, your exam time will be longer so that the technologist can get good accurate pictures.  The Radiologist needs clear distinct images in order to read your images and develop a radiology report for your doctor.
  • If you are receiving contrast (Gadolinium) with your test, an IV will be started either before or during the exam. The contrast gives the Radiologist additional information to make a diagnosis for your referring doctor.  
Ask your doctor to schedule your MRI at:

Metroplex Adventist Hospital in Killeen

Fax: 254-526-3776

Rollins Brook Community Hospital in Lampasas

Fax: 800-950-9523