Magnetic Resonance Imaging MRI

MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imaging lets doctors see inside your body to identify and diagnose a wide variety of possible medical conditions — all without exposure to X-rays. Instead, an MRI uses a powerful magnet, radio waves, and special coils to detect electrical signals from your body. A computer then turns this information into detailed images our doctors can use to help make a diagnosis. MRI provides much greater contrast between the different soft tissues of the body than computed tomography (CT) does, making it especially useful in neurological (brain), musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and oncological (cancer) imaging.

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MRI Locations

Doylestown Hospital

595 West State Street
Doylestown, PA 18901


  • Mon - Fri: 8:00am - 8:00pm
  • Sat: 7:00am - 3:00pm

If you have any questions regarding your scheduled appointment or film copies at this location, call 215-345-2600.

The Pavilion at Doylestown Hospital

(Adjacent to Doylestown Hospital on the hospital's campus)

599 West State Street
Doylestown PA, 18901


  • Mon - Fri: 8:00am - 8:00pm

If you have any questions regarding your scheduled appointment or film copies at this location, call 215-345-2125.

The Health and Wellness Center in Warrington, PA

847 Easton Road
Warrington, PA 18976


  • Mon & Thurs: 8:00am - 9:00pm
  • Tues, Weds & Fri: 8:00am - 4:30pm

If you have any questions regarding your scheduled appointment or film copies at this location, call 215-345-2600.

Common MRI Scans

MRIs can be used to diagnose a variety of conditions and diseases. Common MRI scans include:

  • Neurological imaging (mri brain scans) for imaging of brain tumors, brain aneurysm screening and diagnosing MS (multiple sclerosis)
  • Musculoskeletal imaging to diagnose and plan treatment for orthopedic issues such as:
    • Knee MRI
    • MRI to diagnose a torn ACL
    • MRI for knee meniscus tear
    • MRI of the shoulder
    • MRI of ankle
    • MRI for foot pain
  • Oncological (cancer) imaging, such as a liver MRI to detect liver tumors
  • Cardiovascular imaging, including peripheral angiography, carotid angiogram and cardiac CT angiography
  • Spine imaging, including MRI of the si joint (MRI of the sacroiliac joint)
  • Imaging for breast cancer screening and diagnosis

What to Expect

Each exam is tailored to answer specific questions about a patient's medical condition. The procedure time depends upon the area of the body being examined. The procedure is safe and there is no radiation involved.

When the exam is complete, all images and information are examined by board-certified, MRI-subspecialty-trained radiologists. Results are usually available to the referring physician within two working days of the procedure.

Patients can expect:

  • Most advanced MRI technology to date
  • Full range of advanced studies, providing physicians with detailed, cross-sectional images of the body
  • Fastest scan times available
  • Comfortable scans for children and adults weighing up to 550 pounds.

Preparing for an MRI

A physician's referral, as well as a valid insurance pre-certification, are necessary to schedule an MRI.

For many MRI exams, no special preparation is needed. For some, you may need to fast for 4 to 12 hours. Others require you to swallow a fluid or have an injection that helps show details inside your body. Guidelines vary with the specific exam and also with the facility.

You will be asked to remove all metal (earrings, watches, bobby pins, etc.) and credit cards. You may be asked to wear a gown during the exam or wear loose-fitting clothing with no metal fasteners, zippers, or buttons. Private dressing areas are available for changing. Valuable personal items can be stored in secure private lockers during appointments.

Patients are asked a series of questions to identify those who may not be able to receive an MRI. Patients with implanted medical devices containing ferrous metal (objects containing iron) cannot be brought into the MRI unit (i.e. pacemakers, cochlear implants, cerebral aneurysm clips and prosthetic devices).

Unless instructed otherwise by your physician, follow your usual routine on the day your MRI is scheduled. Please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment, so that any necessary paperwork can be filled out and so your questions about the MRI can be answered.