MRI

Physical Address

Madigan Army Medical Center
MRI Annex
9040 Jackson Ave.
Tacoma, WA 98431

Business Hours

Open seven days a week, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Closed on Federal Holidays and Selected Training Holidays

Contact Information

Appointments: (253) 968-9729, Option 2

Directions

The MRI Annex is located in the Madigan Army Medical Center campus and can be reached by taking I-5 exit 122 and parking in the Medical Mall Purple Parking Lot or the Southwest Orange Parking Lot. The MRI Annex is located outside of the Emergency Room entrance and next to the Center Judge Advocate, Building 9040B.

A patient checking in for an MRI must go to room 1-36-C2 first. Room 1-36-C2 is located on the first floor of the Hospital Tower across from the Nutrition Clinic and can be reached by taking the South Corridor of the hospital.

About

MRI is a diagnosed imaging procedure, which uses a magnetic field to produce 2 or 3 dimensional images inside the body without using X-rays. The MRI scanner is a large cylindrical magnet with specialized antennas that are on or around the area of interest to obtain images. For your study, your body will be positioned lying down on a patient table, which will move into the center of the scanner. Documentation of implantable items (heart valves, stents and etc) will be required to ensure they are compatible in the MRI environment. Some MRI studies require preparation, which may include not eating six hours prior to the exam. Patients who suffer from claustrophobia may request a sedative from their primary care provider prior to the MRI.

Patients having an MRI are those referred from their primary care provider and civilian trauma patients.

Appointments can be made by visiting the Radiology Scheduling Desk in room 1-46-05, which is located on the first floor of the Hospital Tower and can be reached by taking the East Corridor of the hospital.

Prior to MRI scheduling, please fill out the "Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Prescreening Questionnaire" form and fax to Madigan's Department of Radiology Scheduling at (253) 968-2689 during business hours or bring the filled-out form to Radiology Scheduling located within radiology.

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