MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING (MRI) Directions
To 4 Centennial Drive, Peabody
MRI is one of the most accurate ways to examine
From Route 128 (north or south)
the soft tissue areas of the body. This test has been
ordered for you by your doctor to obtain valuable • Take exit 28, Centennial Drive
information for diagnosis and treatment planning. • Take a right onto Centennial Drive and continue for 0.8
It is a safe, painless and comfortable procedure that miles. NSMC Magnetic Imaging is located in the
uses no ionizing radiation (X-rays). Instead, MRI Musculoskeletal Center building on the right.
combines computer technology with magnetism
and radio waves to create multiple pictures of the To NSMC Salem Hospital, 81 Highland Avenue, Salem
inside of the body. After these images are processed,
they are interpreted by a board certified MRI
From Route 128 (north or south)
• Take exit 26, Lowell Street. Follow signs to Salem.
Patient Guide to
radiologist to detect disease or injury.
NSMC Magnetic imaging offers both 1.5T and 3.0T
• Continue to Peabody Center. Lowell Street becomes Main
Street and, after crossing the Salem city line, becomes
MRI scanners. These high-field-strength MRI
• When the road ends, turn right onto Essex Street, which
scanners are able to deliver the highest quality and
immediately becomes Highland Avenue (Route 107).
most detailed images in less time. The 3.0T MRI
• At the second set of traffic lights, the entrance for NSMC
scanner at the Peabody location has the largest
Salem Hospital is on your left.
opening available for a high-field MRI scanner. It is
• Bear to the right of the main hospital building (following
comfortable for patients who may experience
signs for the BirthPlace). Take a sharp left into the small
claustrophobia or anxiety, and can accomodate
parking lot directly after passing the main hospital
patients up to 550 pounds.
building. The entrance to the MRI suite is at the end of
the parking lot. (single, glass door, handicapped
accessible.) Once inside the corridor, follow signs to the
• You may also use our Free Valet parking.
NSMC Magnetic Imaging
NSMC Magnetic Imaging is open days, evenings and
To schedule, cancel or reschedule your appointment, or for
insurance questions please call:
4 Centennial Drive 1-877-700-4MRI
81 Highland Avenue
nsmc.partners.org Salem, Ma
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR MRI EXAM
Health and safety effects A member of our technical staff will help position you on a padded
table that will slide into the scanner, which is open at both ends. A
There are no known negative health effects of an MRI exam. MRI is special apparatus may be placed on or around the part of your body
non-invasive (no tubes, incisions or scopes are used) and involves no being scanned to better focus the images. Because a patient’s
harmful radiation. movement blurs the images, you will be asked to lie still during the
actual scanning process.
As a rule, no special preparation is necessary, but just in case, You will notice knocking or humming noises when the scan is under
please check with our staff before your appointment. Also inform our way. This is the sound of the magnetic field being adjusted to
staff if you may be pregnant or if you are claustrophobic. On the day generate information about the area being examined. People who should not have an MRI
of your exam you may eat and drink normally, engage in your regular or enter an MRI exam room
activities, and take your usual prescribed medications, unless you The exam lasts between 30-60 minutes, depending on the number
and type of images your physician requested. The strong magnetic field can adversely affect some conditions or
have been instructed otherwise by our staff or your physician.
implanted prosthetic devices. We will screen for these several times
Our staff will inform you when to arrive to allow time for a brief
during the intake process. Please be patient if several people ask
interview with a technical staff member before your MRI exam. This
For your comfort you the same questions. This screening procedure is for your safety.
screening process is an important safety precaution, so please be
patient if we ask the same questions more than once. Almost 99 percent of patients referred for MRI are able to complete Please notify us if you have any of the following:
their exams. Even if you are uncomfortable in small spaces, our • Pacemaker
For certain tests, an injection of a contrast agent may be used to experienced technologists can suggest many techniques to help you • Surgical aneurysm clip of the brain
enable physicians to see specific anatomical structures better. If this relax. Don’t hesitate to inform them if you feel anxious. • Cochlear (middle ear) implant
is the case, a simple injection will be given. For some patients, a
blood test may need to be ordered by your physician before the use Throughout the examination, even when the technologist is not in • Metal fragments (including bullets and shrapnel)
of a contrast agent. Our staff will determine if this is necessary the MRI room, he/she will be able to see and hear you and talk with • Implanted insulin pump
during the scheduling process and ensure that the test is completed you via a two-way intercom. If you need something or have a • Metal particles or chips in your eye
before your examination. question or concern, touch the call button and the technologist will • Retinal tacks
respond immediately. • Any other magnetically activated medical device,
such as a defibrillator or eye implant
During your exam We are happy to play the radio or one of your own CDs while you
Women who are pregnant should inform the technologist of
are having the MRI exam. We have headsets and stereo equipment
Before entering the exam room, you will be asked to remove metal their condition.
for this purpose. Earplugs are used to help minimize your awareness
objects, such as eyeglasses, dentures, body piercings, rings, or
of the knocking sounds. Some people fall asleep during their scans.
hairpins. Dental fillings, hip replacements, knee replacements and
You are welcome to have a family member or friend accompany you
contact lenses are not affected by the MRI exam.
during the exam provided he/she meets our MRI safety criteria.
After Your Exam
Since some clothing contains hidden metallic components (in Since there are no after effects with MRI, you may resume your
thread or fastenings for example), we require that patients change normal activities immediately. Remember, however, that if you have
into examination clothing. The magnet used in the MRI scanner can
Getting your results taken any medication for anxiety, you will need a ride home.
damage the coding on your credit cards and security identification Your physician will receive a written report from our board certified
cards, so please leave your purse or wallet in your locked MRI radiologist. Please contact your doctor to review the report. The
dressing room. technologist will not be able to tell you the results of your test.