What is an MRI Exam?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging “MRI “ is a non-invasive, safe and painless way for your physician to view the body. The images created look at the soft tissue in the body and provide detailed information for a more complete medical diagnosis.
How should I prepare for an MRI exam?
You can eat, drink, and take regularly prescribed medications prior to an MRI exam. You may wear clothing with metal to your appointment but will be asked to change into a gown. If you do not wish to change, please wear clothing without metal. You will be asked to remove such items as your watch, credit cards, jewelry, key, hearing aids, or any other metal objects.
Tell your doctor if you have:
- Aneurysm Clips
- A Cardiac Pacemaker
- Had Joint Replacement
- Had any surgery within the last 3 months
Also be sure to tell your doctor prior to an MRI exam if you think you may be pregnant.
Will I feel anything during the MRI Exam?
There is no pain, vibration, or unusual sensation during an MRI.
How long will the MRI Exam take?
A complete MRI exam will take anywhere from 30-60 minutes depending on your specific scan.
What is expected of me during the MRI Exam?
You will be asked to lie on a table and the technologist will make every attempt to position you comfortably. Assistive devices such as positioning sponges may be used to help you remain in the correct position for imaging. Small devices that transmit and receive radio waves may be placed around or near the area of the body being studied. You will be moved into the magnet of the MRI unit and the test will be performed.
Can I have an MRI if I’m claustrophobic?
Yes, depending on your level of claustrophobia. If you experience claustrophobia and are concerned about having an MRI exam, ask your doctor for more information about our scanner.
If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact the MRI Department at Orthopaedic Associates of Zanesville.