MRI: Shields MRI at Anna Jaques

Anna Jaques' Shields is a leader in the field of MRI, perhaps most notably known for providing care to some of the biggest names in sports, including the New England Patriots.

A MRI scan involves using a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to provide pictures of organs and structures inside the body, in many cases providing information that cannot be obtained from an X-ray, ultrasound or CT scan.

This partnership enables the hospital to meet and exceed patients’ imaging needs by providing high-quality services right in Newburyport. The 1.5T high-field MRI scanner is available at Anna Jaques seven days a week.

Having the latest medical imaging systems at Anna Jaques Hospital allows patients to access advanced technology in their own community, avoiding unnecessary trips to Boston.



Test Overview

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to provide pictures of organs and structures inside the body. In many cases, MRI provides information that cannot be obtained from an X-ray, ultrasound or CT scan.


For an MRI test, the area of the body being studied is positioned inside a strong magnetic field. The MRI can detect changes in the normal structure and characteristics of organs or other tissues. These changes may indicate diseases caused by trauma, infection, inflammation or tumors. Information from an MRI scan can be saved and stored on a computer for further study. Photographs or films of selected views can also be made.

In some cases a contrast material may be used during the MRI scan to enhance the pictures of certain structures. The contrast material may help evaluate blood flow, detect some types of tumors, and locate areas of inflammation.