Things to know about your MRI exam

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020, 7:40 pm

Things to know about your MRI exam by Chief MRI Technologist, Van Travelstead at The Orthopaedic Institute of Southern Illinois.

Van Travelstead, Chief MRI Technologist at OISI

  1. If you wear clothing without metal, you may be able to wear your own clothing for your exam. If not, we have compatible shorts and gowns.
  2. There is no radiation involved, only magnetism and radiofrequency energy such as radio stations use.
  3. You probably will feel no sensations at all.
  4. For many exams, your head may be outside the bore of the scanner.
  5. The scanner makes loud sounds, but you will be provided with either headphones or earplugs.
  6. Most exams take around 25 minutes of scan time.
  7. It is very important to just relax and not move during your exam, or repeat scans may take longer.
  8. If you are claustrophobic, let your doctor know. Oftentimes sedatives are ordered to take before your exam to make you more comfortable.
  9. No magnetic metal is allowed inside the scan room.
  10. No hearing aids or pacemaker/defibrillators will be allowed in the scan room.
  11. Our technologists will try to make you as comfortable as possible for your exam.

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