If you’re a veteran to MRI scans, the process may be familiar to you. But if it’s your first time undergoing an MRI scan, you might be confused, concerned, or even uninformed about the procedure as a whole. Our team at Clovis Open MRI is here to assure you that MRI’s are an easy and painless procedure. If you’re nervous or simply want to learn more about MRI’s, here’s everything you’ll need to know about MRI’s before your first scan.
First, the radiology technologists will ask you a series of questions.
Some of them are about your medical history (such as Kidney failure) and others are about current conditions (such as pregnancy). Another huge question they ask is if you have any medical devices implanted in you such as a pacemaker. Some cardiac devices are approved; your technologist will determine that.
You might have to change out of your clothes, especially if you have some type of metal zipper on them. The technologist will give you a gown, to wear. Don’t worry, it’s super fashion forward.
Next is when the procedure starts.
According to the Multiple Sclerosis Trust, the radiographer will ask you to lie on the scanner bed or table. There are pads they can put under the knees, to make you more comfortable. It can get cold in the room, so you might get offered a blanket along with earphones that you can listen to music. Some centers have music for you, others let you bring your own.
The technologists will place you in whatever position they need to depending on the type of body scan you are receiving. When you are reasonably comfortable, the table is moved smoothly into the machine where you will stay still for just about 30 minutes to 45 minutes.
During this period, the technologist will update you on how it’s going and how much time there’s left. You might hear some loud noises such as beeps; it’s just the machine talking to you. Finally, they will remove you from the machine and you have completed your first MRI scan.
Now all you have to do is wait for the results.
After analyzing the imaging results, a conclusion can be drawn based off the MRI images. MRI’s will help give your doctor and radiologist images to assist them in finding the answers to any of your questions and concerns. Come visit us at Clovis Open MRI, and we will make your first experience a great one.