Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Our state-of-the art 3T MRI helps your physician diagnose many conditions faster, safer and more accurately than ever before. The power behind our 3T MRI's field strength allows for amazingly detailed images. Field strength is the power of the scanner's magnet. With higher field strengths, your scan pictures are clearer and show smaller details of your body. The improved image quality specifically assists in accurately diagnosing neurological and vascular conditions with even greater confidence. In addition, our 3T scanner also excels at imaging of the spine and musculoskeletal system (this is your bone and joint system, such as shoulders, hips, knees and feet).

How An MRI Works
The technology uses magnetic fields and radio waves to scan your body, seeing past hard bone to produce a "picture" of soft tissues such as muscle, fat and internal organs. The procedure has no known side effects, so it is safe and effective for practically everyone.


Your MRI is performed in a special room that contains an examination table and the MRI imager.

You will be asked to lie on your back on the table, which slides into the center of the MRI imager. You will be able to talk to the technologist throughout the procedure.

The MRI technologist and radiologist will review the images during the scan, which will usually last from 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Open Upright MRI
If you are in need of a positional or weightbearing study to evaluate your spine or joints, your physician may request that your exam be completed on the Open Upright MRI. The Open Upright MRI scanner is available just across the street at the SFSH Open Upright MRI building. Sioux Falls Specialty Hospital is the only facility in the region to provide you and your doctor access to high-field 3T MRI along with Open Upright MRI scanner technology. There are specific studies where we compare images from the Open Upright with high-field MRI images. These exams are called Hybrid MRI studies. Hybrid studies are performed to ensure your physician receives additional information that may be necessary to properly diagnose and treat you. These services, combined with x-ray capabilities, help ensure patients receive the right exam at the right time