Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Expertise and comfort to you. The highest quality images to your doctor.

Unsurpassed Equipment and Expertise

The experienced Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) staff at Geisinger Holy Spirit uses leading-edge technology to provide the best images for evaluation and diagnosis.

Our MRI systems are state-of-the art GE High Field/Short Bore Imaging Units. Our newest addition is the wide open MRI system which speeds scanning time and can accommodate patients up to 500 pounds.

What is an MRI?

An MRI is a safe, painless, non-invasive imaging procedure that uses magnetism, radio waves and a computer to take very detailed pictures of the body. Unlike CT and x-rays, there is no ionizing radiation associated with an MRI exam.

A Full Range of MRI Services

At Geisinger Holy Spirit, we offer imaging for:

  • Brain
  • Heart
  • Spine
  • Extremities and joints
  • Abdomen and pelvis (including contrast-enhanced Enterography, which provides detailed information about the intestines and surrounding tissues)
  • Breast and breast biopsies


We also offer:

  • Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) – an exam of the blood vessels
  • Brain Spectroscopy – an MRI to measure biochemical changes in the brain

How to Prepare for an MRI

Very little preparation is needed prior to your MRI appointment. However, MRI exams of the abdomen and pelvis require six hours restriction of food. (Liquids are permitted.) Please inform your physician or the Geisinger Holy Spirit staff if you have any of the following:

  • Cardiac pacemaker
  • Aneurysm clips in the brain
  • Implanted devices such as neurological stimulators or bone growth stimulators
  • Medical ports
  • Vascular stents or clips
  • Drug infusion pumps
  • Cochlear implant
  • Metal fragments in eyes (even if they have been removed by a doctor)
  • Claustrophobia

What to Expect During an MRI

Upon arrival for your procedure, you will be asked to fill out an MRI screening form.

This form ensures your safety during the exam and must be filled out accurately. The MRI technologist will review the form with you during the interview process and answer all questions you may have about your exam. You may be asked to change into a gown. All personal items will be locked into a locker, and the key will accompany you.

You will then be placed into a cylinder-type machine for an average of 30 minutes. The technologist will monitor you visually and will talk to you during your exam. While being scanned, you will hear loud tapping noises. Earplugs will be provided for you. When possible, music will also be provided. Please feel free to bring your favorite music CD.


Evening and weekend appointments are available. Find an Imaging Center near you.

Convenient Locations and Hours

For an appointment, call 717-972-4900.


The Ortenzio Heart Center at Holy Spirit, 503 N. 21st Street
(MRI and Nuclear Cardiology are located on the ground floor – at the 21st Street entrance)
Hours: (MRI available) Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon.


Holy Spirit Carlisle Center, 1211 Forge Road
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Holy Spirit Mechanicsburg Center, 4665 Trindle Road
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.