Elliot Health System is a non-profit organization serving your healthcare needs since 1890.

Diagnostic Imaging

Phone: 603-663-2180


For Your Safety

Please wear clothes without any metal zippers, hooks or snaps. These objects can cause a bright or blank spot on the picture. Do not wear hairclips or hairpins. Leave your jewelry at home. If this is not possible, a personal locker will be provided for you. If your MRI is of your head, do not wear eye makeup. Do not bring credit cards, keys or coins into the MRI exam room.

There are many metal implants that are perfectly safe in the MRI environment and MRI poses no known risk to most patients if appropriate safety guidelines are followed. However, for some patients, MRI may be inadvisable. It is very important that you communicate all your implant information when the MRI patient coordinator or technologist screens you.

If you have a cardiac pacemaker or internal defibrillator, your MRI will be cancelled. These implants are affected by the magnetic field used in a MRI exam. Hearing aids must be removed before entering the exam room. The magnet will cause damage to hearing aids.

Please let the MRI patient coordinator or technologist know if you have:

  • Cardiac Pacemaker/ defibrillator
  • Aneurysm clips
  • Metal plates, pins, or other metallic implants
  • Shrapnel from a gunshot wound
  • Ever been a metal worker
  • Permanent tattoo eyeliner
  • Cochlea implant
  • TENS unit (dorsal column stimulator)

Also, be sure to tell us if you are pregnant.