Things to know about your MRI examTuesday, 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.
- 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.
- There is no radiation involved, only magnetism and radiofrequency energy such as radio stations use.
- You probably will feel no sensations at all.
- For many exams, your head may be outside the bore of the scanner.
- The scanner makes loud sounds, but you will be provided with either headphones or earplugs.
- Most exams take around 25 minutes of scan time.
- It is very important to just relax and not move during your exam, or repeat scans may take longer.
- If you are claustrophobic, let your doctor know. Oftentimes sedatives are ordered to take before your exam to make you more comfortable.
- No magnetic metal is allowed inside the scan room.
- No hearing aids or pacemaker/defibrillators will be allowed in the scan room.
- Our technologists will try to make you as comfortable as possible for your exam.
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