Preparing for your MRI

How do I Prepare for my MRI scan?

Very little preparation is required for a MRI scan. You can eat, drink, and take your medication as normal. Prior to the scan, you are encouraged to go to the bathroom due to the length of the examination.

You will be asked to remove all metallic items such as watches, jewelry, hair pins, eyeglasses, and hearing aids. Also, do not take any credit, bank, parking or insurance cards into the scan room because the magnet will erase the information on the magnetic strip.

What can I expect during my visit for my MRI scan?

Upon arriving for your appointment, you will be greeted by a receptionist who will ask you to sign in and give you appropriate forms to complete. The staff will review the forms for completion and a billing representative will call you into our consultation room to discuss your insurance benefits.

The MRI scan is performed by a technologist specially trained to operate the MRI system and the images will be interpreted by a radiologist who is a physician specializing in interpreting medical diagnostic examinations. The MRI technologist will take you to a private area in the MRI department where they will review your medical history and the symptoms that are related to the examination that your doctor has ordered. The technologist will further explain you’re examination, what’s expected of you and answer any questions you might have.

When the scanner is operating you will hear a loud knocking sound and feel a vibration from the table. This is normal. You’ll be asked to hold very still as motion will cause image blurring.

How long will the MRI scan take?

Each MRI scan is different. Typically, scans can take between 20 and 60 minutes.

What will happen following my MRI scan?

Immediately following the scan, you may resume normal activities, diet and medications. There are no known reactions or side effects associated with MRI. The films from your examination will be taken to a radiologist who will interpret the images.

How do I find out the results of my MRI scan?

Your MRI scan will be reviewed by a radiologist. The radiologist will send a report to your physician, who will give you the results of your scan and plan the best course of treatment for your recovery.

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