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Valley Imaging Center Wasilla, AK MRI, Ultrasound, X-Ray, Mammography, Echocardiograms, Pain Mangement Diagnostic Medical Imaging Office

MRI - Magnetic Resonance Imaging

MRI, simply put, uses powerful magnets, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the area of interest. They are similar looking and often confused with CT, however, they are very different. Our pair of MRI machines complement each other nicely, allowing us the advantage of scheduling patients on the scanner that will produce the greatest quality of imaging for each patient’s specific needs.

In Preparation

Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing. No metals including jewelry will be allowed so please remove them in advance. Please contact us at 907-373-3700 for additional information. Contrast exams require an IV to be placed, please drink water to hydrate prior to your exam. 

What to Expect

Our 3T MRI unit has a bigger bore for more room for the patient, resulting in a better patient experience and less anxiety. Depending on your level of anxiety, you may want to discuss medication options with your primary care provider prior to your MRI appointment.

Why Valley Imaging MRI

We have two state-of-the-art MRI machines, a 3 Tesla and the more common, 1.5 Tesla. Our 3T is Alaska’s most advanced MRI and provides higher resolution and better diagnostic accuracy. The 1.5T excels when it comes to patients with joint replacements, and other MRI-safe implanted devices and is less susceptible to metal artifacts. 

MR Imaging

We offer a wide variety of exams including, but not limited to contrast studies, elastography, prostate, orthopedic, neuro, and general diagnostic studies.


Both of our scanners offer updated technology providing faster exam times for patients and the largest manufactured bore. This offers greater comfort for all patients, including those that may be claustrophobic, as well as pediatric patients that may need extra assistance. 

Imaging Preps


  • Please arrive without any perfumes, deodorizers or powders.


  • For Children - These exams vary, please call our office for instructions.

  • For Abdominal, Aorta studies, Renal Arteries & Elastography - please refrain from eating or drinking for 6-8 hours prior to your exam.

  • For Renal, Pelvic, OB (1st Trimester) - please drink 24-32 ounces of water 1 hour prior to your exam. *try to have a full bladder at the time of the exam

  • Other OB exams - for the two days prior to your exam stay well hydrated. Please arrive with a full bladder. Please drink 24-32 ounces of water and eat 30 minutes prior to your exam.


  • Prior to your study please refrain from caffeine or other stimulants and any exercise prior to the exam.

CT Imaging

  • CT Scan with Contrast - This exam requires and IV to be placed, please arrive well-hydrated for your exam.

  • Calcium Scoring Exam - Prior to your study please refrain from caffeine or other stimulants. Please refrain from strenuous exercise for at least 12 hours prior to your study.

  • Myelogram - Please be prepared to lay at home after the exam to avoid headaches.

MRI Exams 

  • Please arrive in comfortable, nonrestrictive clothing. You will be asked to complete a screening form for your safety and may be asked to change clothes. We provide lockers to secure valuables and sweatpants or shirts if needed.

  • **If you are requiring medication to complete your MRI due to Claustrophobia, please contact your ordering provider for a prescription and take as instructed prior to your exam.


  • LESI /NRB - Please plan to have a driver for any spinal injections.

  • Myelogram - Please be prepared to lay at home after the exam to avoid headaches.

X-Ray Imaging

  • Please be prepared to remove all metal in the area of exam (Bra, jewelry, belts, clothing with metal, etc.)

  • We provide lockers to secure valuables and sweatpants or shirts if needed.

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