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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic fields rather than radiation, creates pictures of organs and structures inside the body. MRIs help doctors diagnose a range of health conditions and internal injuries and check to see if medicines or treatments are working properly.

Leading-edge MRI technology now offered at Portsmouth Regional Hospital

Portsmouth is one of the very few hospitals in NH to offer a wide-bore (3T) High-Definition MRI, an innovative system that enables high-speed, high-definition imaging of the body. Our MRI technology combines a more spacious environment with speed and exceptional performance to produce high-resolution images while reducing anxiety for people who may feel claustrophobic during a traditional MRI.

Portsmouth Regional Hospital’s MRI services are nationally accredited by the American College of Radiology.

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How You Benefit

With high-resolution MRI, a radiologist can see body structures in far greater detail than with traditional MRI or X-ray. The 3T MRI assists in diagnosing medical conditions affecting many areas of the body, including:

  • Small joints such as those of the wrist, elbow, hand and foot
  • Brain and spinal cord
  • Arteries and veins
  • Abdominal and pelvic areas
  • Breast tissue
  • Prostate

MRI is extremely useful in diagnosing and treating conditions such as tumors, stroke, brain and nervous system disorders, heart disease and much more. Your healthcare team can deliver earlier diagnosis and treatment, which leads to more positive outcomes.

Portsmouth Regional Hospital’s Breast Center offers comprehensive breast imaging services, including Breast MRI. Combining a Mammogram with a Breast MRI is the most complete method of breast imaging available. That is why it has become the standard of care for women at high risk of breast cancer, including those who have a strong family history of breast or ovarian cancers.

Our Breast Center


What to Expect

You will be asked to lie down on a scanning table that slides into the MRI scanner. Once correctly positioned, the technologist will perform your exam in an adjoining room while closely monitoring you throughout the entire study. The technologist will be able to observe and communicate with you also. As the scan begins, you will hear a knocking sound. This is the sound the scanner makes when it is generating a harmless magnetic field that creates the image. Your doctor may request an injection of contrast for a clearer image of specific structures.

There are some restrictions that may prevent you from having an MRI. If you have any of the following, it is advised that you DO NOT have an MRI study performed.

  • Pacemaker
  • Cochlear Implants
  • Surgically Implanted Metal Clips
  • Certain Types of Metal Implants
  • If you are or may be pregnant

Please notify your referring physician immediately if any of these restrictions are present so he/she may determine if you are eligible to have an MRI. The MRI technologist will review a completed questionnaire of your information before having the study to ensure that there are no restrictions to prevent you from having the study.

Download our MRI patient questionnaire


Learn More

Learn more about these and other related conditions in our online Health Library.

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