MRI Department

    Preparation for MRI exams

    Meet Our MRI Team
    • The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a common procedure and is a very easy exam.  There is little preparation for the MRI exam.  Take your daily medications as you normally would, unless instructed otherwise.

    • The high field, open MRI machine at Hamilton Diagnostics Center (HDC) was designed with the claustrophobic, pediatric and bariatric (up to 550 pounds) patient in mind.

    Open MRI
    • Most exams will last anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes depending on the type of exam that is ordered by your Physician.  It is important not to wear anything with metal (such as zippers, snaps, etc.).

    • Since the MRI machine uses radio waves in a magnetic field to produce detailed images of the body, it is important that you discuss beforehand with your Physician if you have any metal implants within your body such as pacemakers, screws, cardiac stents, or other metal devices.  These devices may or may not prevent you from having an MRI.  



    Why choose Hamilton for your MRI

    Hamilton Medical Center, in Dalton, Georgia, uses the latest imaging equipment available. It is important to note that there are significant imaging quality differences in the industry. Hear from the Radiologists at Hamilton Diagnostics Center, "Hamilton stands behind the quality of their machines and they will vouch for it."