MRI Patient Pre-Screening

We encourage you to read the following material as this will help explain the MRI process and answer many of your questions. 

Your MidAmerica physician has scheduled you for a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan at our Palos Hills Open MRI facility.

MRI images require the use of non-harmful magnetic fields. Magnetic imaging requires that certain precautions are taken to ensure patient safety. A pre-screening process is required to make certain that there are no contraindications to performing your MRI.

Pre-screening Process

A representative from MidAmerica will call you and take you through the pre-screening process. This requires a brief questionnaire about your health history. For example this may include questions pertaining to implantable devices such as a pacemaker, recent surgery, pregnancy, or if you are a metal worker. 

Frequently Asked Question

Most MRIs do not require the use of contrast material. The need for contrast is usually determined after your MRI is read by our Musculoskeletal Radiologists if your initial scan requires more information to accurately diagnose your condition.

The material used is gadolinium which is an approved substance by the United States Food and Drug Administration which will highlight certain aspects of your MRI scan.

Depending upon your age and medical history laboratory blood testing may be required prior to your scan.

Screening Process

The screening process is usually done over the telephone by one of our patient representatives or in person prior to your MRI. You can also choose to download and complete our MRI pre-screening form. Completion of this form prior to your examination may help expedite your visit to our facility. 

We look forward to providing for your health care needs. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at (708) 237-7200.