At Gateway Diagnostic Imaging, we make it easy to get an affordable MRI scan in the Dallas-Fort Worth area without sacrificing quality. Learn more about receiving an MRI scan and what you can expect from Gateway Diagnostic Imaging.

What Is An MRI?

MRI is short for “magnetic resonance imaging.” This scan can provide you with a detailed, 3-dimensional image of the inside of your body using magnets and radio waves. Unlike an X-ray, MRI machines don’t use radiation.

An MRI exam is non-invasive and painless, letting your doctor take a look at your organs, skeletal structures, and tissues with one simple scan. Your doctor might order an MRI exam to check for cancer, joint issues, spinal issues, soft tissue injuries, or issues with your internal organs.

What To Expect During An MRI

When you arrive for your MRI exam, you’ll be asked to change into a cotton gown. Because the MRI machine uses magnets, you can’t have any metal in or on your body during the exam, so you’ll need to remove any jewelry or other metal.

To begin the exam, you’ll lie down on the machine’s table, which will slide into a large cylinder. The MRI technologist will talk you through the scan using an intercom inside the machine. During the scan, you’ll hear noises such as tapping, knocking, and banging. To help you with those sounds, you’ll receive headphones and can choose the type of music you want to listen to. Depending on the reason for the scan, an MRI scan might take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour.

Why You Should Choose Gateway Diagnostic Imaging For Your MRI Exam

We know MRI exams are often costly. Compared to hospital MRI exams, our patients see up to 400% cost savings. We work with all major insurance companies, accept CareCredit®, and have financial assistance programs available to ensure you can access the exams you need.

Gateway Diagnostic Imaging makes MRI exams easy by offering extended hours at our 12 convenient locations and Fast Scan technology, reducing scan times. Our goal is to get you the medical imaging you need at a time and place that’s best for you.

At Gateway Diagnostic Imaging, we offer 3T wide-bore MRI at all locations. This means a reduced scan time, high-resolution images and enhanced detection of abnormalities, and a lower risk of distortion or the need for a repeat scan. These machines are also more comfortable, lead to less anxiety and claustrophobia, and can accommodate patients up to 550 pounds.

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Excellent experience beginning at calling for appointment and ending with the easiest MRI due to knowledgeable technician and comfortable equipment. Clean facility and pleasant staff. Highly recommended Gateway Diagnostic Imaging.

Penny G.

Never having an MRI in 68 years, I was a bit skeptical due to my claustrophobia . But, I dropped by the day prior to my appointment and was given the facility tour and process explained. No problem at all. Staff was the best

Danny F.

This was a first time MRI experience for me. The thought of it was unnerving…very unnerving! But, I received several text messages in the days preceding my scan to keep me informed of insurance approval, the out-of-pocket expense I would meet, and affirmation of the appointment time. Upon arrival, I was greeted by the front desk, signed in, and was called back to begin “the process”, all within 5 minutes! The encouragement and reassurance from the two very courteous and professional techs put me at ease! No pain, no fear! Totally an outstanding ‘10’ in every way!

Sherri E.