What to Expect From an MRI

An MRI is a non-invasive way for doctors to examine your organs, tissues, and skeletal muscles via high resolution images. While many people feel intimated by the idea of receiving an MRI, the process is seamless and it’s especially helpful if know what to expect.  Here’s what happens before, during and after your MRI:shutterstock_4945903

  1. Change into a gown and remove: jewelry, hairpins, eyeglasses, 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 the 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 towards your body which allows 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 each patient’s needs. We understand that such a procedure can seem intimidating, but we are here every step of the way to provide high-quality care.