What to expect during your MRI Examination
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a very strong magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed images of the body’s internal structures. It is a safe, painless method of imaging the body that does not require the use of x-rays and is particularly useful for imaging structures such as the brain, muscles, joints, heart, blood vessels and other internal organs such as the uterus and prostate.
You will be required to lie on the scanner bed, the scanner is open at both ends, for a period of 15-60 minutes depending on the size of the area being scanned and how many pictures are required. The mechanism of the scanner causes it to make loud banging and tapping noises, therefore you will be provided with ear plugs and headphones with a choice of music to relax you.
The radiographer will control the scanner from a computer in a different room but can see you the whole time and talk to you through an intercom throughout the scan. You will also be provided with a call bell should you wish to stop the scan or speak to your radiographer. It is very important that you lie still during the scan to avoid blurring of the images.
You may be asked to change into a gown and take off any metal items such as jewellery and clothes containing buttons, zips or clips including bras, or remove mascara. Certain implants such as pacemakers make MRI scans unsuitable for some people, therefore your radiographer will go through a series of safety questions to ensure you are safe to have your scan. If you are unsure about an implant then please contact our team before your appointment.
Should you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact us and speak to one of our friendly team.
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