Bldg 3762/Ward 6F (ground floor)
Scheduling and Front Desk:
Mondays through Fridays (except Holidays)
7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
MRI scanning operations are currently extended to evenings, nights, and weekends as demand and manpower allows.
The MRI clinic at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center operates two state-of-the-art MRI suites operating at 1.5 and 3.0 Tesla. MRI imaging provides diagnostic evaluations of a wide variety of medical conditions and injuries without the use of radiation. We provide MRI imaging services to eligible beneficiaries in the U.S. European Command region as well as Wounded Warriors deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, and other remote areas within our region of responsibility. Due to this unique mission of caring for our Wounded Warriors and high demand, we are forced to prioritize examinations as follows:
1. Wounded Warriors
3. Active Duty members
4. Active Duty family members
5. Retirees, VA beneficiaries
6. Other eligible members
Frequently asked questions:
Q1: My exam was ordered today, why can’t I schedule my appointment?
A: All orders are reviewed daily by a Radiologist, and the appropriate protocol is prescribed to answer your specific health problem. As some exams take longer than others, we want to ensure we have enough time to complete your evaluation. We ask that you provide at least one full business day for this to occur. Occasionally, the Radiologist must discuss your case with your Doctor, and this may take additional time.
Q2: Are walk-in examinations available?
A: All MRI examination are conducted on a referral basis by an order from your Doctor. Occasionally we have cancellations and may have space available.
Q3: Why do I have to come to my appointment 30 minutes early?
A: This is critical to ensure there is sufficient time to complete the screening process and to make sure it is safe to do your exam.
Q4: What if I cannot arrive to my appointment on time?
A: You should call as soon as possible. This will allow us to try and switch your time with someone else. If you do not inform the front desk, and you do not arrive within 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment, your slot may be given to someone else.
Q5: What if my examination slot is given to someone else?
A: We will attempt to provide you with an alternate slot the same day, although another same-day slot may not be available. Also, keep in mind that this slot may be much later in the day. Otherwise, you will have to reschedule on a different day.
Q6: What if I miss my second appointment?
A: You may be required to bring a memorandum from your Commander explaining the circumstances of your prior missed appointments or discuss your situation with the clinic Officer in Charge (OIC) prior to being allowed to reschedule a third appointment.
Q7: How does MRI work?
A: They are very complex machines that use extremely powerful magnets and radio waves to take pictures of the tissues inside of your body.
Q8: Is there anything special I need to do to prepare for my exam?
A: Yes, thanks for asking. In the days before your MRI scan, you may follow all normal routines such as eating and taking regular medication. If you have implanted devices or metal in your body, it would be a good idea to call or stop by the MRI clinic to get the specific requirements to make your examination safe, and to avoid being required to reschedule on the day of your examination.
Q9: What can I expect on the day of my examination?
A: Your screening form will be reviewed and you will have to change into an exam gown. Immediately prior to the MR scan, the technologist will provide an explanation of the MR process. You will be asked to remove any metal objects such as jewelry or non-permanent dentures. Any metal object might be attracted to the MR scanner's magnet, and thereby hinder the procedure. Bank cards and credit cards are also restricted from the scan room, as the magnetic field could erase the information contained on them. As a final precaution, the patient will be asked a series of questions to insure there are no metal or electrical objects inside the patient.
Q10: What happens during my examination?
A: You will be placed into a coil which is a device that fits over or around the body part being imaged. Then you will go into the MRI machine.
Q11: How long does an examination typically last?
A: Usually about 15 minutes is the minimum. Most examinations take about 30 minutes, and some examinations may take an hour or more.
Q12: What if I am getting more than one body part examined on one day?
A: Each exam will take 30 minutes on average and some additional time between examinations may be required to move the coils.
Q13: Is there anything else important during my examination?
A: The two most important things for you to remember are lying perfectly still and letting the technologist know if there is anything wrong or anything concerning you.
Q14: What is the loud noise?
A: Certain parts of these powerful magnets are being cycled on and off to make the pictures of your body in a similar way that your TV flickers to make a picture.
Q15: What if I have an implanted surgical device?
A: We will need to know as much information as possible about the device. Sometimes this will include the manufacturer, device, model number, and serial number. More and more new devices are MRI safe, but many older devices can cause serious injury or death if exposed to the powerful magnets of the MRI.
Q16: What if I have metal or shrapnel inside my body?
A: Generally we will take X-rays or review old X-rays of the concerning parts of your body to see where the metal is in relation to critical structures inside your body.
Q17: I have a surgical device or metal inside my body but I’ve had an MRI before so it must be safe, right?
A: Not necessarily, your prior MRI may not have been done with as powerful as a magnet as we use. Additionally, your device may require special exam parameters that we must know and set beforehand to keep you safe.
Q18: I came to my appointment on time, but my examination was delayed, why?
A: Fortunately, this is the exception. However, if this happens to you, we apologize and thank you for your patience. This rare event happens for one of two main reasons: A mechanical or maintenance concern, or an emergency request for another patient.
Q19: What is gadolinium or MR contrast?
A: Gadolinium is a partially magnetic material injected into your body, usually through an IV, to allow improved visualization of certain parts of your body or certain medical conditions.
Q20: Is MRI contrast or gadolinium safe?
A: It is felt to be a very safe medication, although people with impaired kidney function or one kidney may have to undergo routine laboratory blood work to make sure it is safe for them. Also, we need to know if you are pregnant, as we do not administer contrast in pregnancy except in rare circumstances.
Q21: What is an arthrogram?
A: Occasionally, we inject contrast material into your joint. This is most commonly done into the shoulder or hip, but any joint may be injected. This allows improved visualization of certain structures inside your joint.
Q22: What if I am claustrophobic or afraid of tight spaces?
A: This is important to know as you will need to be placed into a tube which is approximately 2 feet or 60 cm in diameter. If you believe you are claustrophobic, your referring Doctor can prescribe you medication that can make your examination much more comfortable. One thing to keep in mind, if you take this medication, you will need to have someone drive you home.
Q23: What if I’m pregnant or think I might be pregnant?
A: Typically we do not examine pregnant women unless there is an urgent need. If you think you are pregnant, please let us know. The Radiologist will discuss your case with your Doctor to decide how to proceed and what the alternatives are.
Q24: What if I’m breastfeeding?
A: If you are breastfeeding and do not require gadolinium contrast, you may continue to breastfeed normally after your examination. If you require gadolinium contrast, you should plan on bottle feeding for 48 hours after your examination. Also, pumping and discarding your breast milk during this 48 hour period is also recommended.
Q25: How and when do I get my results?
A: The results are sent electronically to your Doctor. For routine examinations, this process usually takes 1-2 normal business days.
Q26: Why do I need to bring my prior examination film or discs and my results?
A: This is very important to see how your medical condition has changed. Also, if this is done prior to your exam being done, we can review your prior examination and specialize your current examination if needed.