An MRI (Magnetic Resonance imaging) is an imaging procedure that uses a large magnet, radiofrequencies, and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body in order for doctors to make or “rule out” medical diagnoses. MRI does NOT use radiation like x-rays and CT scans do.
Your MRI exam may take as little as 15 minutes or as long as an hour depending on the type and number of exam(s). You may have more than one scan scheduled for the same day or back-to-back in some cases.
An MRI exam is a painless procedure. However, due to the length of some examinations, some patients may find it uncomfortable to remain still for the exam. The technologist will do their best to get you as comfortable as possible for the exam with the use of MRI safe cushions and supports.
All of our MRI scanners at SOS are fully lit, ventilated and open at both ends. For some exams, depending on the body part being imaged, you may not need to have your head inside the scanner at all. As an example, if you are having a knee, foot or leg exam, you will enter the machine feet first with your head remaining outside of the scanner.
SOS offers a wide bore scanner that is bigger, faster and more detailed than a traditional open MRI. Some tools we use to help with claustrophobia include the use of blindfolds or specialized glasses, which help you see outside the scanner. If you are still having concerns about how you will tolerate your exam, urge your ordering provider or physician to develop a plan to help you. They may be able to prescribe an oral medication for you to pick up at your pharmacy to help you relax and to minimize anxiety during the procedure. If you do take medication for claustrophobia, be sure to have a driver bring you to and from your appointment, as you should not operate a motor vehicle while taking these medications.
You will be asked to remove any clothing containing metal and all jewelry. You will be provided metal free clothing to change into such as a gown, shorts or pants. Lockers are available to securely store all personal items such as your wallet, purse, keys, phone and other electronic devices. These items CANNOT enter the exam room with you.
You can continue to take your daily medicine, and eat and drink as normal before and after your exam.
The images taken during your MRI will be reviewed by a radiologist. A radiologist is a physician trained to analyze and interpret MRI’s and other radiologic examinations. Upon completion the report will be sent to the doctor who ordered the exam and you will be able to receive the results at your follow up.
Unfortunately, music is not utilized during your MRI exam at SOS due to the high volume of loud buzzing and clicking noises the MRI scanner makes. Patients will be asked to wear hearing protection during the exam. This will consist of earplugs and sometimes an additional headset is utilized.
For safety reasons, only the patient is allowed into the exam room. Please do not bring small children with you during your scheduled exam as we do not have the ability/staffing to provide child care or supervision.
None! MRI does not use radiation to generate images like x-ray or CT scanners do.
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