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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

What You Can Expect

An MRI doesn't hurt or use radiation. The machine is louder than you might expect. Learn more:

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses magnetic fields and radio waves to noninvasively image the body's soft tissue. It allows for more controlled imaging sequences to be taken and provides higher detail than other modalities used to image the body. 

As part of our commitment to delivering the highest quality care, UC San Diego Health offers:

  • Board-certified radiologists with advanced training and clinical experience in specialty care
  • Technicians with advanced credentials in MRI
  • Advanced scanning equipment, accredited by the American College of Radiology, including 3T and wide bore scanners that provide the highest resolution images and more comfort
Our specialized expertise and equipment enables us to adjust and personalize scanning sequences for every patient. Our patients also benefit by having their imaging sequences interpreted by true experts in the field. We often perform "second opinion" scans to ensure the right diagnosis for patients who began their care at another hospital. We are asked to read MRI scans from patients around the world because of our internationally recognized expertise in musculoskeletal MRI.

MRI at UC San Diego Health

We offer the latest in advanced imaging technology and procedures, including

  • MRI to diagnose sports injuries, early-stage arthritis, and neck and back pain
  • Neuro MRI to diagnose diseases and injuries of the brain, including stroke, cancer, multiple sclerosis (MS), degenerative diseases, trauma and dementia
  • Breast MRI to screen high-risk women and monitor patients with cancer
  • MRI-guided ultrasound for shrinking uterine fibroids and reducing pain from cancer metastasis to the bone
  • Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)
  • Advanced prostate imaging
  • MRI-guided radiosurgery to treat inoperable brain tumors
  • Magnetic resonance enterography (MRE) to assess gastrointestinal disorders
  • Cardiac imaging and cardiac stress testing
  • Liver imaging
  • Evaluation of pelvic floor disorders and complications with pregnancy
  • MRI on individuals with a pacemaker

Health Library

For more information about MRIs, visit our health library:

Appointments & Referrals

MRI and Other Imaging Records

A report describing your MRI imaging results will be sent to your MyUCSDChart  account automatically. If you do not have a MyUCSDChart account, if you need copies of the MRI images themselves, or if you need to request past records, call 619-543-6586 for assistance. 


MRI Locations

La Jolla


Sorrento Valley

  • 3510 Dunhill Street