MRI Patient Information
Although MRI is a very advanced medical technique, the MRI exam is probably one of the easiest and most comfortable exams you will experience. You will lie down on a cushioned table and a device called a "coil" will be placed over or under you. When you are comfortably positioned, the table will move through the magnet. The technologist will then step into the control area, while staying in constant contact with you both visually and through an intercom.
As the exam proceeds, you will hear a muffled thumping sound for several minutes at a time. Relax and lie as still as possible. Any movement during this time will blur the picture. Other than sound, MRI creates no bodily sensation. The exam usually takes 30 to 60 minutes. It consists of several image exposures lasting 3 to 6 minutes each. These images help make the best diagnosis possible and may even eliminate the need for biopsy or surgery.
For your safety
The MRI exam poses no risk to the average patient if appropriate safety guidelines are followed. Please inform your doctor or technologist if you have:
An artificial heart valve
Metal plate, pin, or other metallic implant
Intrauterine device, such as Copper-7 IUD
Previous gunshot wound
Ever been a metal worker
Permanent (tattoo) eyeliner