Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
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Sinai-Grace is proud to offer the latest in MRI technology with a unit that consistently delivers high-quality images. You can be confident of an accurate diagnosis without the need to rescan. All images are read by a board-certified radiologist and reported to your doctor within 48 hours, so there is no delay in your diagnosis.

The Seimens Magnetom Espree Open-Bore MRI is available at the hospital’s main campus. The only Open-Bore MRI in the city of Detroit. This revolutionary scanner features an extra-large opening and is only four feet long. Patients weighing up to 500 pounds or those who may experience claustrophobia can get the results they need with ease.

This system has many benefits:

  • More freedom. Because the unit is shorter and has a larger opening than other MRIs, 60 percent of exams can be completed with the patient’s head outside the unit. For head and neck exams, there is nearly one foot of open space between your head and the magnet.
  • Better images. At many other hospitals and radiology clinics, patients too large to fit inside a traditional MRI have image studies done in open MRI systems with lower-strength magnets, leading to low-quality images. The 1.5 Tesla field strength of the Magnetom Espree makes this system more powerful than a traditional open MRI, leading to sharper images so your physician can make a more confident diagnosis without having to repeat the test.
  • Shorter exam time. Exams will be faster, because the unit uses new Tim™ (Total imaging matrix) technology, making it unnecessary to reposition during exams.
  • Quality care close to home. Sinai-Grace is centrally located near major highways. Appointments are available within 72 hours with appropriate authorization and emergency cases are seen the same day.
  • Comfort and relaxation. Patients will be offered Cinemavision goggles, allowing them to watch a DVD or listen to a CD of their choice.

MRI procedures can be scheduled at the main hospital campus at Schaefer and Outer Drive. Appointments are available within 72 hours with appropriate authorization and emergency cases are seen the same day. Appointments are available seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Patients do not need a DMC doctor to have an MRI at any DMC location. If your physician writes an order for an MRI, it will be honored, even if your doctor does not have DMC privileges.

For an appointment call 313-966-4800 or 1-888-DMC-2500.

Your MRI Exam

How does MRI work? 

MRI is a diagnostic scan that uses a large magnet to produce detailed pictures of inside the body. MRI does not use X-ray radiation.

The millions of atoms in the body are magnetic. When placed in the MRI, these atoms line up, much like a compass points to the North Pole. Radio waves, tip these tiny magnets away from the magnetic field. When the radio waves are turned off, the atoms move back. A powerful antenna picks up these signals and sends them to a computer\ produces a black-and-white image used for diagnosis.

What should I expect during an MRI scan?

Most patients find a MRI scan completely painless .Our state-of-the-art MRI suite offers maximum patient comfort and shorter exam times.

You will lie on a table, which will move through the large, tube-shaped opening. Digital images of your body will be saved on a computer. The equipment has spacious, well-lit openings at both ends.

The tech will leave the room during the exam, but will be able to hear, see, and talk to you.. At Sinai Grace Hospital, you will be offered Cinemavision goggles, to watch a DVD or listen to a CD, which many patients find relaxing.

The complete exam usually takes less than an hour. The exam is done in several parts. Each lasts only a few minutes. When each sequence begins, you will hear a thumping sound. It is important that you stay as still as possible, because motion may blur the image. At times, you may be told to hold your breath for a few seconds.

Let us know if you are claustrophobic or have problems with pain.  Special arrangements can be made for you by your referring physician or the Center's staff.

You will need to answer some safety guideline questions.I If you have any metal objects in the body, you must notify the radiology staff before an exam. Metal can affect the quality of the images and may cause discomfort or injury to you because of the strong magnetic field of the MRI.

Please notify the MRI staff if you have:

  • A cardiac pacemaker
  • An artificial heart valve
  • A cerebral aneurysm clips
  • A history of open-heart surgery
  • A history of or presently have metal fragments in your eyes
  • A history of chronic renal failure or are on renal dialysis
  • A metal plate, pin or other metallic implant
  • An intrauterine device, such as a Copper-7 IUD
  • A neurostimulator
  • An ear prosthesis/cochlear implant
  • Permanent (tattoo) eyeliner
  • A previous gunshot wound, shrapnel
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Claustrophobic
  • Unable to lie flat or still for any length of time

The Day of Your MRI Exam

The MRI exam should take about one to one-and-one-half hours. Please arrive on time. We allow for about 30 minutes of preparation before your actual exam begins.

Please bring with you:

  • Insurance card(s)
  • Referral or authorization forms
  • Picture identification
  • Prescription from your doctor
  • A list of all medications you are currently taking, including over-the-counter medications
  • Films or CDs that may pertain to your condition taken at an earlier date or at another facility
  • A DVD or CD of your choice for viewing using Cimemavision goggles provided at Sinai-Grace Hospital.

Please do not eat or drink for two hours prior to your exam, or for four hours if you have arranged for sedation. You may take any prescribed medications. Small sips of water are allowed.

Wear comfortable clothing without any metal attachments. You may need to change into a hospital gown for certain exams. Do not wear make-up or hair spray.

The magnetic field can erase credit cards, alter calculators and watches, and is powerful enough to attract metal objects if carried too close. You will be asked to remove jewelry, wallets, watches, dentures, keys, loose change, hairpins, etc. These personal items will be secured in a locked area and will be returned to you following the exam.

The Results of Your MRI

Your MRI images will be read by our board-certified radiologists. The results will be available for your doctor within 48 hours.

For more information or an appointment, call 313-966-4800 or 1-888-DMC-2500.


For more information about DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital MRI services or to schedule an appointment, call 313-966-4800 or 1-888-DMC-2500.