New to Chico, California? Find a Local MRI Provider


Are you new to Chico? A warm welcome to beautiful Butte County! 

As you learn your way around our friendly college town and explore nearby natural wonders, we realize you also must think about healthcare, including where you can go to stay up to date with your medical imaging appointments. 

Although the closest international airport is 90 minutes away in Sacramento, the city of Chico is fortunate enough to be the home of three local options for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) services. 

MRI is a non-invasive scan that offers detailed images of the body’s brain, internal organs, nerves, muscles, ligaments, bones, and other soft tissues. MRIs use safe magnetic fields and radio waves to help doctors locate and diagnose health problems that other diagnostic tools may miss. 

The three main options for MRIs in Chico are Enloe Medical Center, Open Systems Imaging, and the HALO MRI Center. In this article, we offer a brief overview of each facility and the reasons why we recommend you visit HALO MRI Center. 

Enloe Medical Center 

The Enloe Medical Center is a non-profit hospital that has earned the Healthgrades designation as one of America’s 250 Best Hospitals for patient safety and quality for three years in a row. 

In addition to its main location at Fifth and Magnolia Avenues, the Enloe Medical Center offers MRI services at  

Enloe Breast Imaging, Fountain Medical Plaza,  251 Cohasset Road, Suite 260 


Enloe Advanced Imaging, 1638 Esplanade. 

The main phone number that serves each location is 530-332-7300. 

Open System Imaging

Open System Imaging (OSI) is a diagnostic imaging company that operates five locations in California.  

Located at 1555 Springfield Drive, OSI’s Chico facility offers the wide bore (3.0 Tesla) MRI. The unit is 70 centimeters wide—the largest in the industry—and can accommodate patients up to 500 pounds.

Call 530-433-9633 for more information. 

HALO MRI Center 

Located conveniently under one roof, the HALO MRI Center, 1720 Esplanade, offers comprehensive care that ranges from routine screening mammography to referral for surgery or oncology. 

HALO’s short bore GE 16x 1.5T system greatly reduces the feeling of claustrophobia that some patients may experience without compromising imaging strength and image quality. Call 530-898-0500. 

Why Should I Consider HALO Over Other Imaging Centers?

It’s good to have options, and we hope that you now feel a little more comfortable knowing there are healthcare professionals and technicians nearby who can help you feel at home. Now that you know how to find more information about each of your options, we’d like to share the top reasons why we believe HALO is the best choice for your imaging needs. 

We offer a better lead time for screening appointments. Our competitors often have two- to four-week lead times for scheduling patients for MRIs. At HALO, we typically can schedule your visit within 1 to 2 business days. You also can call for a free phone consultation with one of our radiologists. 

We value your time on appointment day. When you visit HALO MRI Center for an MRI, we aim to get you on your way in less than an hour. 

We provide quick, expert diagnostic results. We know you want your MRI results as soon as possible. So does our fellowship-trained team of radiologists. In the vast majority of cases, we get your results to you within 72 hours. 

Our entire staff provides friendly, compassionate service. But don’t just take our word for it. Here are a few of the many five-star reviews on our Facebook page from our satisfied patients: 

“So organized and a friendly staff. No wait time, which is rare when going to an appointment these days.” 

“The employees are very helpful and know it isn’t our favorite thing to do. Clean, COVID-safe, and prompt.” 

“The staff were all friendly and considerate. My appointment was right on time; no waiting! The building was a comfortable temperature.” 

“Everyone is so friendly! The building is beautiful, and the rooms are comfortable; you can tell they care about making their patients feel calm and comfortable.” 

“The entire staff was friendly, which stands out to me these days… The technician was very professional and friendly. The decor of the building was beautiful and calming. And no waiting! A very efficient place.” 

We know you have choices when it comes to your imaging services. As we welcome you and your family to Chico, we hope you will consider HALO MRI Center for your MRI needs.  

If you have any questions about our imaging services, please give us a call at 530-898-0500 or stop by our friendly facility at 1720 Esplanade. 

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