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Diagnostic Imaging

Central Scheduling Phone: 603-663-2180


Hand MRI


If you have been booked for an MRI of your hand you will be asked to arrive at the MRI department 15 minutes prior to your appointment time.

After the safety screening has been completed you will be provided a locker where you can safely lock your valuables. We encourage you to leave as many valuables as possible at home. MRI Safe clothing will be provided for you.

In the scan room you will be asked to lie on your back onto an MRI coil (camera). An additional camera is placed around the wrist and acts as an antenna. This exam can be done head first or feet first depending on your preference.

You will be given hearing protection as the MRI machine makes a series of loud noises.
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You will also be given the option of listening to satellite radio if you would like.

The length of a hand MRI is typically 20-25 minutes if it is without contrast. The scan will take approximately 30-35 minutes if an injection is needed. The contrast Elliot uses for MRI is called Gadavist and requires that an IV be started in either your arm or hand. Your referring physician will determine if the injection is necessary. It is important to hold very still. MRI scans are sensitive to motion and any motion may obscure information the Radiologist uses to make a formal report.

The formal report of the results will be sent to your referring physician who will explain the results to you.