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  • MRI at Newport Hospital

  • Newport Hospital offers state-of-the-art, high-strength, high-quality and high-comfort magnetic resonance imaging services to the people of Aquidneck Island and its surrounding communities. Onsite MRI services are made possible by a donation from the Alletta Morris McBean Charitable Trust.

    Newport Hospital's MRI scanner is a short bore, open design, which features shorter exam times and wide visibility for patients. This scanner type is advantageous for patients who are claustrophobic in conventional, closed MRI scanners. The machine's high field strength enables superior image quality and advanced diagnostic services.

    MRI appointments at Newport Hospital can be booked within 24 hours of a physician's order. The hospital offers rapid results turnaround for diagnosis and treatment planning. Emergency MRI service is also available. Physicians can refer patients for MRI scans by calling 401-845-1336 or toll-free 1-866-4UR-XRAY (1-866-487-9729).

    Newport Hospital is accredited by the American College of Radiologists and each scan is read by a board-certified radiologist.

    MRI is also available at the Portsmouth Imaging Center.


    High-Resolution MRI

    Newport Hospital offers the most advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology available today. MRI uses a strong magnetic field and radiowaves to take an image of the body, commonly of the brain, spine, joints, abdomen or blood vessels. A physician can then look at the three-dimensional images produced to make a diagnosis. MRI scans show the difference between normal and damaged or diseased tissues.

    The MRI scanner in the department of diagnostic imaging at Newport Hospital is an open design to help prevent claustrophobia in patients and it offers the highest resolution scan available to provide physicians with the clearest pictures to diagnose patients. The machine's high field strength enables superior image quality and advanced diagnostic services.

    Some MRI exams require an injection of an MRI contrast or dye and all exams require patients to stay still during the exam. The scan is performed inside a large cylindrical magnet with a table in the center. Typical MRI studies last 30-60 minutes and no special preparation is required for the exam. A board-certified radiologist with subspecialty training in MRI interprets all exams at Newport Hospital.