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.


How soon can I expect my MRI results?

MRI results are typically available within a few days, but your provider will inform you about when and how you’ll receive them.

Why did my provider recommend an MRI scan?

  1. Diagnostic Purposes: MRI can help diagnose various medical conditions, such as injuries, tumors, infections, or abnormalities.
  2. Detailed Imaging: MRI provides highly detailed images, allowing healthcare professionals to better evaluate the structure and function of internal organs and tissues.
  3. Monitoring Conditions: In some cases, MRI is used to monitor the progression or response to treatment of certain medical conditions.
  4. Clarifying Results: If previous tests or imaging results were inconclusive, an MRI may be recommended for a clearer and more detailed view.

What should I wear during my MRI?

You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing without metal zippers, buttons, or underwire bras.

Are there any dietary or medication restrictions before the study?

Generally, there are no dietary restrictions, but it’s best to check with your provider about medications and specific preparations.

What documentation or ID should I bring to my imaging center appointment?

Bring a form of photo ID and any referral or documentation provided by your healthcare provider.

How can I know an MRI is safe for me?

MRI is non-invasive and uses no radiation, but always inform your technologist about implants, tattoos, or any medical conditions before the scan.

What does the MRI machine look like?

The MRI machine is a large, cylindrical tube with a table in the middle where patients lie down.

Is it noisy inside the MRI machine?

Yes, MRI machines can be quite loud, producing clicking and thumping sounds, but ear protection or music is often provided.

How much does a MRI cost?

The cost of an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan can vary significantly depending on various factors such as:

  1. Geographic Location: Prices can vary based on the region and state.
  2. Facility Type: The type of healthcare facility you go to can impact the cost. Hospitals and outpatient diagnostic imaging centers, such as Gateway Diagnostic Imaging, have very different pricing structures. Gateway Diagnostic Imaging MRI costs up to 400% less than a hospital based MRI.
  3. Type of MRI: The specific type of MRI you need can affect the cost. For example, a standard MRI may be less expensive than a specialized or contrast MRI.
  4. Health Insurance: If you have health insurance, your coverage will play a significant role in determining your out-of-pocket costs. Insurance plans may cover all or a portion of the MRI expenses.
  5. Out-of-Pocket Costs: Even with insurance, you may have out-of-pocket costs such as deductibles, co-pays, or co-insurance.

Learn more about the costs associated with an MRI.

Can I get an MRI without an order from my doctor?

You will need a referral from a healthcare provider to schedule an MRI. Healthcare providers, such as your primary care doctor or a specialist, typically order imaging tests like MRIs based on your symptoms, medical history, or the need for further evaluation. They assess whether an MRI is necessary for your specific situation. In addition, your healthcare providers referral and clinical notes are typically used by your insurance to verify and approve coverage for the MRI scan.

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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.