MRI (3T & 1.5T)

Unrivaled MRI Expertise: Technology and Training

There is no better technology in the Southern Colorado region than that offered at PENRAD Imaging. With PENRAD Imaging's


  • THREE Siemens' 3.0T Wide Bore MR Scanners,
  • THREE Siemens' 1.5T MR Scanners,
  • ONE Siemens' 1.5T Wide Bore MR Scanner,
  • ONE GE 1.5T MR Scanner, and
  • NINETEEN LOCAL board-certified radiologists;

NO other free-standing imaging center in Southern Colorado can offer the same technological expertise.

When it comes to sub-specialty training, PENRAD Imaging also offers the largest number of fellowship-trained musculoskeletal imaging specialists and neuroradiologists than any other radiology group in Southern Colorado.

Further Information


Metallic devices may prevent you from receiving an MRI exam - examples of these devices include: pacemakers and/or pacer wires, aneurysm clips, implanted nerve stimulators, embedded shrapnels, medication pumps, inner or middle ear transplants.

You must inform the technologist if you are, or think you might be, pregnant.


MRI-magnetic resonance imaging - uses a combination of magnetism, radio waves and computer processing to create detailed images of nearly every body part and internal structure-from bones and joints to vital organs and tiny blood vessels in the brain. Unlike imaging techniques based on X ray, with MRI there's no exposure to radiation. It is among the safest and most versatile of imaging methods. Since its introduction for medical purposes in the 1970s, advances in MRI technology have greatly improved image quality, speed and convenience for patients, while giving physicians a safe and versatile tool for screening, diagnosing, surgical planning, treatment and reconstruction.

Physicians typically prescribe MRI testing at PENRAD Imaging to diagnose or treat the following:

  • Cysts, tumors and cancer throughout the body
  • Blockages or enlargement of blood vessels and certain heart problems
  • Diseases of the liver, gallbladder, pancreas and other abdominal organs
  • Abnormalities and diseases of the reproductive organs, including the causes of infertility, in both women and men
  • Orthopedic injuries or disorders - MRI is used to plan and guide orthopedic surgery


Using MR images taken by PENRAD Imaging, physicians can locate and identify:


  • Causes of pain
  • Degenerative disorders (arthritis, deterioration of joint surfaces)
  • Fractures not visible with use of X-ray
  • Herniated discs
  • Swelling or bleeding in the tissues in and around joints and bones
  • Small tears and injuries to tendons, ligaments, and muscles
  • Locate and identify spinal cord trauma

What to Expect

You will be comfortably positioned on a special table that slides into the MRI system. The technologist will perform the MRI sequences at the control unit in an adjoining room. You will be able to communicate with the technologist by means of an intercom, and music or earplugs will be supplied for your comfort. An MRI does not cause any pain. The actual scanning can take anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes depending on the types of scan(s) ordered, during which you will hear banging sounds and other noises.

Most MRI examinations do not require specific preparation but do include certain general precautions. When you schedule your exam, let us know if you are claustrophobic and appropriate arrangements will be made. Remove loose, foreign or metal objects prior to exam (such as jewelry, dentures, watches, credit cards, body piercing rings, hair pins, and trans-dermal patches).

Continue taking prescribed medications. All patients will be asked to change into an exam gown. Your hair should be dry and free of wet styling gel. You may be asked to remove eye-makeup if the exam involves the head or neck.

You must let the technologist know if you are, or suspect you might be, pregnant.

Once obtained, the patient's MRI images remain in an electronic file that can be sent in a variety of viewing methods for the referring physician's preference.

Our radiologists will examine and interpret the scan and create a report of the findings that we will send to the referring physician. The referring physician will discuss the results with the patient.



Wide-Bore 3T MR: The 3T MRI is one of the most powerful and sophisticated MRI scanners currently available. The "T" in 3T MRI stands for Tesla, the unit of measurement of magnetic field strength. 3T systems generate a magnetic field twice as strong as traditional MRI scanners and many times the strength of some open MRI systems. The 3T's stronger magnetic field produces images of exceptional clarity and anatomical detail in less time. At PENRAD Imaging we offer a wide-bore 3T system to accommodate larger patients and patients with claustrophobia.

Wide MR: For those patients who are claustrophobic, too large or unable to tolerate the physical restrictions of a traditional closed MRI scanner, PENRAD Imaging offers the option of a wide system for some types of tests. It surrounds only three-quarters of the patient's body during scanning, allowing a more open feel. Several factors determine a patient's suitability for wide-bore MRI, including the part of the body to be scanned and the amount of anatomic detail required for diagnosis.

Breast MRI: The advanced technology of MRI gives radiologists the ability to distinguish cancerous tumors from other types of soft tissue. This makes MRI particularly valuable in the fight against breast cancer. However, despite its sensitivity, Breast MRI is most effective when used to supplement, not replace, standard cancer screening methods, such as mammography. Used in combination with these other imaging techniques, physicians can make a more complete and accurate assessment of the nature and extent of cancer and other breast diseases.

Reasons physicians prescribe Breast MRI:

  • To identify breast cancer early in high-risk patients and in women with dense breast tissue
  • To confirm, reject or clarify the findings of a mammogram or ultrasound exam
  • To plan treatment or surgery
  • To assess the effectiveness of treatment
  • To check the condition of breast implants

MRA:  A magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA) is a type of magnetic resonance imaging that can help determine the health of your blood vessels, most commonly in the neck, brain, chest, kidneys and legs. MRA can help diagnose blockages, aneurysms (bulges), tears, and narrowing of the arteries and blood vessels.



MRI Exams are available at these locations:

PENRAD @ Audubon Medical Campus
3050 N. Circle Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80909

PENRAD @ Broadmoor Area Centura Neighborhood Health Center
1263 Lake Plaza Drive, #100
Colorado Springs, CO 80906

PENRAD @ Nevada Campus (MRI Only)
2202 N. Nevada Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80907

PENRAD @ Briargate Campus (MRI Only / NON Contrast Only)
4105 Briargate Parkway, #115
Colorado Springs, CO 80920

PENRAD @ Sisters Grove Pavilion
6011 Woodmen Road, #10
Colorado Springs, CO 80923

PENRAD @ Tri-Lakes Health Pavilion
17230 Jackson Creek Parkway, #160
Monument, CO 80132

To request an appointment, click here or call (719) 785-9000 option 1



Oncology, Neurology, Cardiology

Nuclear Medicine

Bone Scans, MUGA


Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring. No referral required.


Ultrasounds or Sonograms using high frequency sound waves.


IVP, Barium Enema


Chest X-Ray - Dual Energy Subtraction


Full-field digital acquisition

CT Scan

CT 64 slice, Automatic Radiation Dose Reduction

Bone Density

DEXA, Hip & Femur BMD. Referrals may be required by some insurances.


High Field – Short Bore Magnets, Breast MRI with CAD, Cardiac MRI