MRI, or Magnetic Resonance Imaging, is used to generate images of internal organs and soft tissue inside of the body. This is done by creating a strong magnetic field and then using radio frequency waves to create a detailed picture. Generally, an MRI will be used to see tendons, ligaments, and cysts or other masses. It is the preferred exam for joint and spinal problems because it can provide remarkably clear pictures of soft-tissue structures near and around bones. Because it is motion sensitive, however, an MRI scan cannot be used for the lungs, ribs, bowels, or sternum.

The MRI scanner at Franklin Memorial Hospital is located outside of the main building in a mobile unit. The scanner is approximately four feet long, and it looks similar to a CT scanner.

The newest MRI technology, which is being considered for future use at Franklin Memorial Hospital, includes the capabilities for imaging of the heart and imaging of the breast for cancer, cyst, or implant rupture.

MRI Hours of Operation at Franklin Memorial Hospital

Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions about MRI

Q. Is there any radiation received when you have an MRI?
A.No radiation is used in an MRI. Instead, radio waves are used to produce the images.

Q.How long does an MRI take?
A.Most MRI scans last approximately 30 – 45 minutes.

Q.Do you need any preps for an MRI? If so, do they have any side effects?
A.Gadolinium is a contrast agent sometimes used to enhance certain structures or to differentiate between benign and malignant lesions. It is used post-surgery in spinal work or when questioning a tumor, mass, or osteomylitis. It is also used to image most arteries. There are virtually no side effects as long as the patient does not have a history of kidney disease/failure.

Q.Is the MRI scan painful?
A.The MRI scan is not painful, but it is loud. Patients are required to wear earplugs in order to protect their hearing.

Some Common MRI Scans Offered at Franklin Memorial Hospital



Body Parts Imaged

Conditions or Areas Evaluated

Brain, Orbits


Stroke, MS, masses

Spine work

Cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacrum/coccyx

HNP, stenosis, fractures

Soft tissue neck


Soft tissue masses, infections


Femur, tibia/fibula, humerus, radius/ulna

Fractures, bony tumors/cysts


Shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, knee, foot, ankle

Fractures, tears, cysts

Abdominal work

Kidneys, liver, pancreas, common bile ducts

Masses, cysts

Pelvic work

Uterus, bony pelvis

Masses, cysts

Arterial work

Circle of Willis, carotids, renals, SMA, IVC, aorta to the feet

Stenosis, occlusion, plaque

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