Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a magnetic field to create an image of the body. A radiologist with special training uses this image to identify and diagnose different conditions. CHA offers MRI at Cambridge and Everett hospitals.

ACR Magnetic Resonance Imaging Accreditation SealCHA Everett Hospital has the MAGNETOM Aera – an MRI with an extra-large opening. This gives the most comfortable and open MRI experience - perfect for anyone who gets anxious in small spaces. Because of its short design, some exams can be done with your head outside of the system. No other MRI can do that. Most importantly, the high power delivers the best images, for the best care.

How to Prepare

Getting an MRI is painless. During the procedure, you will need to lie still for 30-90 minutes in the machine, which looks like a hollow tube. The length of the test will depend on the part of your body being scanned and the type of test being done. You may need to be injected with a contrast fluid to help highlight a certain part of your body.

Watch our MRI Videos

Schedule an Appointment

Please call 617-665-1298. To schedule an appointment, you must have a referral order from a primary care provider or specialist.

It’s important to tell us if you have any metal or electronic devices implanted in your body, as these may affect the image. You shouldn't have an MRI if you have a pacemaker, defibrillator or other implanted life-support equipment, as the MRI may interfere with their functioning. When you take the test, you will be asked to remove all jewelry and accessories, including hearing aids or dentures. You will need to wear clothing without metal parts.

Locations and Hours

  • CHA Everett Hospital

    103 Garland St. Everett, MA 02149

    Outpatient Hours
    M - F: 6 am - 8pm

  • CHA Cambridge Hospital
    1493 Cambridge St. Cambridge, MA 02139

    Outpatient Hours
    M - F: 6 am - 8 pm
    S - S: 7 am - 5:30 pm

For more information about your test please visit the RadiologyInfo website.

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