MRI of the Head (Brain/IACs/Orbits/Pituitary)

What is a MRI of the Head (Brain, IACs, Orbits, pituitary) and what does it do?

These studies image the Brain, the Nerves in the Ear, the Eye and Optic Nerve and/or Pituitary Gland (a small gland in the middle of the brain.

These studies help to detect abnormalities such as cysts, tumors, MS (Multiple Sclerosis), seizure, stroke and other pathologies.

Who performs the test?

The exam itself is performed by a Radiologic Technologist RT (R). These technologists are nationally registered with the A.R.R.T. (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists) and licensed through the state of Florida in the use of diagnostic equipment and procedures. Also, the technologist performing your MRI procedure has additional MRI specific training and registration.

Where does it take place?

MRI scans are performed in the hospital radiology department.

How long does it take?

Average person takes 30 minutes to an hour

What you can do to make it a success?

Because the MRI machine is a very strong magnet, it is important to let your doctor know if you have any of the following:


  • Pacemaker   
  • Defibrillator
  • Aneurysm Clips
  • Stents
  • Any other metallic or electronic implant
  • If you have a card that explains the type of implant/prosthesis that you have, please bring it with you on the day of your test.
  • If you are pregnant, let your doctor know.

It is helpful to wear clothing with no metal or embellishments on them. Also, please do not wear jewelry or hair accessories of any kind as these will have to be removed before entering the MRI scan room.

You may be asked to change into a hospital gown for better imaging.

A locker for your clothing and belongings will be provided.

What to do before your exam?

There is no preparation for these MRI studies. Eat as usual and take your medications as prescribed.

What happens during your exam?

You will lie down on the MRI table.

Depending on which body part is to be imaged; a device called a “coil” may be placed around the body part.

The MRI machine is quite loud so you will be given headphones to listen to the radio or a CD if you bring one. Or, if you prefer, earplugs can be provided instead.

You will then be positioned inside the MRI scanner. Once the scan starts, it is very important that you remain completely still as motion will cause the images to be blurry and non-diagnostic. Blurry images will have to be repeated which will lengthen your exam time.

If your test is ordered “with contrast”, you will have an IV started in which the technologist will inject the contrast through during that portion of the study

What to do after your exam?

The Radiologist will review your exam and relay his findings to your physician. This usually takes 1-2 days. In the case of an emergency or life threatening results, you physician will be contacted right away and you will probably be asked to stay with us until he or she is spoken with.

Unless you have other tests scheduled, you may resume your previous diet if you were following special diet instructions.

Contact Information:

Hospital (main operator): (850) 526-2200
MRI Department: (850) 718-2589
Radiology Department: (850) 718-2580

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