What is an MRI?
An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a special type of procedure in which a computer produces a series of images. A magnetic field and radiowaves are used, rather than x-rays, to look at a specific part or your body, such as the head, chest, abdomen, pelvis, spine, or any extremities. These images are then recorded on film. Time required for MRI scan: approximately 30 - 60 minutes, depending on the part of the body being scanned.
How Do I Prepare for an MRI SCAN?
No preparation is required.
What can I expect during the test?
Before being scanned, you will be asked to remove items such as your wallet, keys, watch, or other jewelry. These items will be secured while you are being scanned. If you are scheduled for a head MRI, please do not wear any eye make-up. You will be positioned on the MRI table and instructed to hold still while the images are being produced. As you are being scanned, the MRI machine will make the "knocking" noise. You will be offered earplugs to help reduce this noise. During some MRI scans, a contrast medium may be injected into a vein in your arm or hand.
What do I do after my MRI Scan?
No special instructions. Your doctor will discuss the results with you.