MRI Specialists

Medical Imaging Center of Southern California

Radiology and Medical Imaging located in Santa Monica, CA & Beverly Hills, CA

When it comes to detailed imaging for more accurate and precise diagnoses, magnetic imaging resolution, or MRI, is a great tool. Medical Imaging Center of Southern California, which is headed up by nationally recognized neuroradiologist Dr. Bradley Jabour, features the latest MRI equipment, including the 3T Open MRI. If you’re in or near West Hollywood or Santa Monica, California, call or use the online scheduler to learn more.

MRI Q & A


What is MRI?

Computed tomography is a noninvasive imaging technique that uses powerful computers to create three-dimensional and cross-sectional pictures of your body. CT scans are rapid, which means you will be on and off the scanner in a matter of minutes. CT scans provide anatomical details, such as the size and location of tumors, masses, infections, and injuries.

CT scanners send X-rays through your body, which detectors in the scanner then measure. A computer algorithm processes those measurements to produce pictures of your body’s internal structures.

The procedure is painless, but certain studies may require that the technologist injects a small amount of contrast agent into your arm (IV contrast) to highlight special areas and visualize abnormalities. You may also be asked to drink barium contrast (oral contrast) to enhance your intestinal tract.

What types of MRI studies are available?

Medical Imaging Center of Southern California offers several different MRI studies, including:

Brain studies

Vascular studies

An MR angiography (MRA), both neurovascular and body vascular.

Spine studies

Chest studies

  • Cardiac, valves, aortic aneurysm
  • Lungs, mediastinum
  • Breast

Abdomen and pelvis studies

  • Elastography
  • Pancrea/liver
  • Prostate
  • Spleen/kidney
  • MRCP
  • Volumin
  • Eovist

Musculoskeletal studies


Medical Imaging Center of Southern California also offers MRI for breast and prostate studies.

What should I expect during an MRI?

To get started, a trained technologist guides you on to the MRI table, positions you, and moves you into the tube. Most MRI exams take 20-45 minutes and you should expect to hold still for certain periods during the exam so the technologist can get an accurate image. You should also account for a fair bit of noise inside the machine thanks to magnetic fields, but you’ll be provided with earplugs, or you can listen to music or watch a DVD in the 3T MRI.

You should also wear comfortable clothing without any metal zippers or buttons.

IMPORTANT: Please notify the technologist and front office if you have a pacemaker or other implanted device.

What if I’m claustrophobic?

If you need to have an MRI, but you’re claustrophobic or you have trouble lying still, Medical Imaging Center of Southern California offers oral, intravenous, and MAC sedation, which can help you relax during the MRI exam.

There is special preparation for sedation:

  • For oral sedation, you should not eat or drink four hours prior to the exam
  • For intravenous and MAC sedation, you should not eat or drink six hours prior to the exam and you should arrive one hour prior to your scheduled exam time
  • For all types of sedation, you must have a driver to take you home after sedation. If you do not have a driver, the center can arrange one for you.

What about MRI for children?

Due to the nature of the study and the noise and length of the exam, some children may be apprehensive about having an MRI. For this reason, children can be sedated prior to being scanned. There’s a recovery area in the fully accredited surgery facility where children and their parents can wait after the exam while the sedation wears off.

If you’d like to learn more about MRI, please call Medical Imaging Center of Southern California.