Tips for Getting Through a MRI

An MRI Machine, What happens during an MRI

Tips for Getting Through a MRI

MRIs can seem daunting. You’re in pain and your doctor needs an imaging study to find out what’s going on inside your body.

You must lay down for 15 to 60 minutes and stay still while the machine does its job. Oh, and the MRI machine makes a lot of loud buzzing, clicking and knocking noises.

How on earth to you do this?

Mind over matter.

Our SOS MRI Technologists would like to share for the best ways to get through an MRI

Relax, relax, relax.  Relax the body and the mind. If you are uncomfortable, in pain, or cold let your technologist know!  They’ll add cushions or blankets to try and get you as comfortable as possible. Your MRI technologist will talk to you and update you during the exam.

There is no longer music playing during your MRI, but letting your mind wander can be helpful! Here's a few things you can think about while passing the time:

  • Think about each of your family members, their birth date, the last time you talked with them, or a favorite memory you shared together.
  • Plan a vacation. Where will you go? What will you do? What will you eat? What will you see?
  • What’s on your grocery list.  Imagine you are walking around the grocery store or your favorite shopping spot and make a mental list or shopping trip.
  • Imagine playing 9 holes of golf or any other activity that you enjoy.
  • Narrate your favorite movie from beginning to end.
  • Play the letter game: pick a letter of the alphabet and try to think of as many words as you can that start with that letter.  When you get stumped, pick a different letter.
  • Prep and cook in your head your favorite or your signature dish.  How would you teach someone to make it?

Once you’re on a thought path like this, the scan will be over in no time!

Do you have an MRI coming up or know someone that does? Consider these tips and click to learn more about what to expect during your MRI.


SOS MRI Department

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