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Four Facts About Getting An MRI

CDI is here to calm your fears and help you prepare for your MRI

MRIs are fairly common these days. They’re used to get detailed pictures of your body to help diagnose your medical condition and guide your care. But if you’ve never had an MRI before, there may be a few things you want to know. Here are four things we think will help:

Claustrophobic or anxious…ask for an Open MRIHigh-field Open MRI

An Open MRI is the right choice if you are claustrophobic or anxious. At CDI, our High-field Open MRI gives you a 270-degree view, providing a comfortable space for your exam. And the best part, a High-field Open MRI provides images that are comparable to a High-field closed or wide-bore MRI (commonly referred to as a 1.5T MRI). So, you don’t have to give up quality for comfort. We offer aromatherapy, eye masks, and allow family members to sit with you during your exam to ensure additional comfort.

At CDI, we offer High-field Open MRI at our Chelmsford and Dedham centers.


MRIs can be costly. But prices for an exam can be very different from one provider to another. At CDI, medical imaging is all we do and we do it well. This helps us keep our costs down while still giving you the high-quality care you expect and deserve.

If you need an MRI, then shop around. The cost for an MRI at CDI is typically 30-50% less than area hospital-affiliated imaging centers—which can mean significant savings for you.

Our handy quality and value checklist will help you compare providers.

A radiologist reviews your exam

Have you ever wondered who looks at your MRI images? At our centers in Massachusetts, your images are sent to one of our board-certified, sub-specialized radiologists for review. Sub-specialized radiologists are doctors with additional training in reading imaging studies of the body part you are having looked at.

Our doctors review your images and write a report for your provider. The provider who sent you for your MRI will be the one to follow-up with you about the results of your exam.

Learn more about sub-specialized radiologists.



MRIs are noisy. You will hear a “knocking” or “buzzing” sound for a few minutes at a time during your exam. If you have never heard an MRI, that may be surprising. We offer ear plugs, headphones and satellite radio to reduce the noise and make you more comfortable.

Listen to an MRI:

MRI Sound 1

MRI Sound 2

Learn more about the noise during an MRI!


Additional Questions? Call 413-781-9000.

Our friendly team is here for you should there be other questions you have as you prepare for your MRI. Remember, choosing an imaging provider is important. So choose CDI.