What is MRI?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a technique that uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues within your body. Your body can be viewed in three dimensions or as "slices." MRI does not use X-rays and there are no known harmful effects from MRI imaging. An MRI machine looks like a CT scanner but is slightly larger. Guthrie offers both traditional MRI scanners and more open scanners to fit your care plan needs.

There are some restrictions about who can have an MRI. When you call to schedule your appointment, we will ask you a series of questions to make sure that MRI is appropriate for you, including if you have:

  • A recent tattoo
  • Metal in your body, including metal flakes from welding or bullets, BB, or pellets
  • A pacemaker (can be scanned in Sayre)
  • A defibrillator
  • A glucose monitor

Call 866-GUTHRIE (866-488-4743) today to make an appointment.

MRI Scan vs. CT Scan

MRI and CT images capture pictures of the body differently and provide different information to your providers. Your provider, in collaboration with Guthrie Medical Imaging radiologists and technologists, will decide which type of scan is most appropriate for you. In some circumstances CT is best and for others, MRI. In each case, we tailor the care plan to your individual needs.

Cardiac MRI in Sayre

Guthrie Medical Imaging offers cardiac MRI services at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Cardiac MRI creates both still and moving images of your heart and major blood vessels. Our board-certified physicians use cardiac MRI to evaluate the structure and function of your heart to determine the best treatment plan for heart-related conditions.

MRI Scans Available at Guthrie

You and your doctor will discuss which option is best for your care plan. To schedule an appointment, call 866-GUTHRIE (866-488-4743).