MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is one of the most accurate ways to examine the soft tissue areas of the body. It is safe and painless and uses no ionizing radiation (X-rays). Instead it combines computer technology with magnetism and radio waves to create multiple pictures of the inside of the body. North Shore Medical Center offers magnetic imaging with both 1.5T and 3.0T MRI scanners. Our 3.0T MRI scanner has the largest opening available for a high-field MRI scanner. It is comfortable for patients who may experience claustrophobia or anxiety, and can accommodate patients up to 550 pounds.
MRI services at Boston area hospital

Hours and Locations:


NSMC Salem Hospital
81 Highland Ave. Salem, MA 01970

The Musculoskeletal Center
4 Centennial Drive, Peabody, MA 01960

Day, evening and weekend appointments are available at each location.

Pediatric Radiology


Our MRI sites are also able to accommodate children. We have specialty radiologists on staff to meet the unique needs of our pediatric patients. Parents can accompany their children into the scan room and remain throughout the MRI exam.


Implants and conditions that may be affected by an MRI

The strong magnetic field of the MRI can adversely affect some conditions or implanted prosthetic devices. Our staff screens for these conditions and devices several times during the screening and history process, as a safety precaution. The types of implants and conditions we need to know about are below:

  • Cochlear (middle ear) implant
  • Eye implant
  • Pacemaker implant*
  • Implanted insulin pump
  • Metal fragments (including bullets and shrapnel)
  • Metal particles or chips in your eye
  • Pregnancy (any stage of pregnancy)
  • Retinal tacks
  • Surgical aneurysm clip of the brain

*NSMC is now scanning patients who have a REVO or ADVISA pacemaker. If you have a REVO or ADVISA pacemaker please notify the scheduler.  At this time, NSMC is not scanning any other type of pacemaker. Your doctor will be able to tell you about other imaging studies you may have.