orthopedics, sports medicine

What to expect from an MRI

If you follow sports, chances are one of your favorite athletes may get injured. And if you compete in sports or are just a weekend athlete, you may suffer the same fate. Even from the simple wear and tear of daily living.

So what’s the next step? For a famous athlete or maybe yourself, your Signature Medical Group doctor might recommend an MRI.

An MRI is short for magnetic resonance imaging. It is a noninvasive way for medical specialists to examine your organs, tissues and  muscles with high-resolution images.

Here’s what to expect before, during and after your MRI:

  1. Change into a gown and remove jewelry, hairpins, glasses, watches, wigs, dentures, hearing aids, dentures, underwire bra.
  2. Take a depth breath as you lay down on the table, which will then move into the large open tube.
  3. If you are worried about feeling claustrophobic, you may receive a sedative before the scan.
  4. Communicate with your technologist via microphone for anything you need.
  5. The procedure is painless. The machine will create a magnetic field around you and direct radio waves toward your body. They allow the doctor to view a high-resolution image.
  6. Earplugs or music may be provided to block any noise from the machine, such as repetitive taping or thumping.
  7. You may be asked to perform small tasks such as tapping your thumb against your finger, rubbing a block of sandpaper, or answering simple questions.
  8. Hold still throughout the duration of the scan.
  9. The MRI will last about an hour.
  10. If you have not been sedated, you may resume usual activities immediately after the scan.

At Signature Medical Group, we provide state-of-the-art imaging technology in a convenient and personal setting. Our friendly and dedicated staff are here to meet your needs. We understand that an MRI can seem intimidating, but we’ll make yours as comfortable as possible as we deliver high quality healthcare. Make an appointment today to see us.