Northeast Georgia Health System’s Imaging Services offers MRI scans as part of its comprehensive range of imaging technologies and services to help physicians diagnose and treat disease and illness. Serving the North Georgia community, our imaging centers are conveniently located in Braselton, Buford, Dawsonville, and Gainesville. Inpatient and outpatient imaging services are also offered at hospital campuses in Gainesville, Braselton, and Barrow.

Our imaging centers prioritize patient comfort. We strive to create a relaxing experience for the patient as most MRI technologies have loud noises. Our Buford, Gainesville, and Braselton locations offer wide-bore MRI technology that provides a spacious environment for patients.

What is an MRI?

MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, is a non-invasive procedure used to provide images of the body’s internal structures. MRI uses a magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to generate clear, exceptionally detailed “pictures” of the area of interest, without using radiation. It is a painless procedure.

What are MRIs used for?

MRI is often used to evaluate:

  • Organs of the chest and abdomen (heart, liver, biliary tract, kidneys, spleen, pancreas and adrenal glands)
  • Pelvic organs (including male and female reproductive organs)
  • Blood vessels (via MRA)
  • Breasts
  • Brain and spine
  • Joints and extremities (e.g., arms or legs)

MRI can be used to diagnose and monitor a variety of health conditions, including:

  • Cysts and tumors
  • Heart problems
  • Blockages or enlargements of blood vessels
  • Diseases of the liver, other abdominal organs, small intestine, colon and rectum
  • Causes of pelvic pain
  • Breast cancer
  • Spinal disc issues and compressed nerves
  • Bone, ligament, muscle, cartilage, or tendon issues
What is the difference between an MRI and an MRA?

An MRA, or magnetic resonance angiography, is simply an MRI that focuses specifically on your arteries. MRAs are commonly used in the following areas:

  • Aorta
  • Brain
  • Neck
  • Kidneys
  • Legs and feet
  • Arms and hands
Do you offer options for people who are anxious during an MRI or individuals with larger bodies?

Our Buford, Gainesville, and Braselton locations offer wide-bore MRI technology that provides a spacious environment for patients. Our Braselton wide bore MRI scanner in particular has a weight limit of 550 pounds and was designed with patients in mind, to ensure they are at ease during the MRI. Patients can also listen to their choice of music during the MRI using Spotify.

Connect with Us

Do you have questions about MRI services offered at NGMC? Call 770-219-7666 to speak with a member of our team.

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Do I Need A Referral?

Yes, all imaging services require a referral from a doctor or urgent care center. To request a referral, call or message your provider through MyChart.