What can I expect?
Completely painless and non-invasive, an MRI scan usually takes 45 minutes to an hour per body part being scanned. You will need to lie very still during the exam, and you may be instructed to hold your breath for short periods of time. In a traditional MRI, you will be in a tunnel that is open on both ends with good ventilation. A True Open MRI is open on all sides, which can be greatly comforting for patients who may feel a bit claustrophobic. You will also be able to communicate via intercom with your technician. MRI machines make loud, intermittent banging sounds throughout the scan, but you can choose to wear headphones and listen to music during your procedure to minimize noise. You may require an injection of MRI contrast to assist with the imaging process. After the scan, you can resume normal activities right away.
What is an MRI Scan?
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) utilizes powerful magnets and radio waves to create detailed pictures of the inside of the body. An MRI can diagnose both disease and injury, while monitoring a patient’s recovery. MRI scans are non-invasive and do not use radiation.
How can I prepare?
Before an MRI, you can generally go about your day as normal. You can eat and drink as you normally would. Before your scan, you will be instructed to remove any metal and/or jewelry, and you will probably be asked to wear a hospital gown during the scan. If you suffer from anxiety or claustrophobia, you may request that your physician provide you with a True Open MRI rather than a traditional MRI.
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