Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
What is an MRI?
MRI is an imaging exam that uses your body’s natural magnetic field to produce highly detailed images of your body’s soft tissues, organs, bone and blood vessels. The MRI machine is a powerful magnet that uses radio waves instead of radiation to diagnose your symptoms.
How should I prepare for my MRI?
To prepare for your test, please do the following:
- If possible, wear clothing that is free of metal (jeans, belt buckles, etc.)
- If you are unable to lie still for 30 to 60 minutes, please inform your doctor
- If there is any possibility you may be claustrophobic, please inform your doctor prior to the date of you exam to discuss anti-anxiety medication
- You may receive intravenous (IV) contrast during the exam.
- All piercings, jewelry and metal hair clips/accessories must be removed prior to your exam with no exceptions. If removal requires assistance, please remove the items before the scheduled day of your exam. Failure to do so may result in rescheduling your test.
- Please allow one hour for the test.
What should I expect during my MRI?
During the exam, you will lie inside the magnet on a padded table while the images are being created. The MRI scanning is very noisy and you will hear tapping sounds at various intervals. It is important for you to lie still during the test.
Your test may require the use of contrast (dye). The contrast is injected into a vein in your arm. This may cause a warm sensation for a brief time.
To make your experience more comfortable, we provide earplugs or music headsets and warm blankets. To ease anxiety, we also give you a squeeze ball to communicate with your MRI technologist at any time.