Magnetic Resonance Imaging, better known as an MRI, gives no exposure to radiation. MRIs are used to help more clearly review soft tissue and ligaments.

Orthopedic Associates of Lancaster offers two on-site MRI systems at our Lancaster and Lebanon locations making it convenient for your screening. The MRI systems at both locations provide large openings to enhance the comfort of our patients.

Your comfort is important to us! Our highly trained and knowledgeable MRI technologists are here to make to ensure you have a pleasant, professional experience.

Coupled with the many other on-site services offered, MRI can provide you and your family with the best care while still being considerate of your time. We offer evening and weekend appointments in our Lancaster location if those times better fit your schedule.

Phone: 717-735-6641
Fax: 717-517-5031
Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. 
Saturday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Phone: 717-675-1307
Fax: 717-517-5031
Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

MRI Screening Questions (Spanish)


Arrival Time:

  • Lebanon MRI: Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to allow time for registration and screening.
  • Lancaster MRI: Please arrive 30 minutes before your appointment to allow time for registration and screening.

If you arrive more than 10 minutes late from your scheduled arrival time, your appointment may be rescheduled.

Preparation: There is no preparation required for this test, unless your ordering physician requires lab work in advance. You may continue with your normal diet and medication schedule.

Contraindications: No metal objects are permitted in the MRI room including Fitbit devices, smart watches, pagers, laptops, cell phones, jewelry, hairpins, and coins. Please inform the technologist of any body piercings and/or metal implants. Lockers are available for personal belongings. If you have a history of metal in your eye, notify the MRI technologist immediately. Pre-MRI x-rays may be required for clearance.

Pregnancy: If you are pregnant or might be pregnant, notify the MRI technologist immediately.

Comparison Studies: If you have had any X-rays or MRIs done at another facility, please bring a copy with you to your MRI appointment. If you had any studies at a Lancaster General Health Facility, we already have access to them.

Exam Time: For non-contrast MRI exams, allow 30 minutes for your scan. For contrast MRI exams, allow 60 minutes for your scan.

Attire: Gowns will be provided for you to change into. Please do not wear any heavy eye makeup.

Childcare: If you have young children, please make appropriate accommodations for them. Children under the age of 12 cannot be left unattended in the waiting room.


  • Lancaster: Use the main building entrance, MRI is located on the 1st floor to the left
  • Lebanon: Use the “Orthopedic Associates of Lancaster” entrance (Closest to North Cornwall Road)

If you have any questions or concerns, contact OAL MRI at 717-735-6641.