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 conditions in different parts of the body. CHA offers MRI at Cambridge and Everett hospitals.

CHA 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.

MRI at its Best

Getting an MRI is painless. During the procedure, you will need to lie still for 30-90 minutes in the MRI 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.

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 undergo 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.

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

    Contact Us

  • CHA Cambridge Hospital

    1493 Cambridge St. Cambridge, MA 02139

    Outpatient Hours
    M - F: 7:30 am - 8 pm

  • CHA Everett Hospital

    103 Garland St. Everett, MA 02149

    Outpatient Hours
    M - F: 7:30 am - 8pm

    Schedule an Appointment
    (617) 665-1298

    Please note: to schedule an appointment, you must have a referral order from a primary care provider or specialist.


  • Cambridge Health Alliance has received three-year accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) from the American College of Radiology (ACR).

    An American College of Radiology Accredited Facility - Magnetic Resonance Imaging