You may be asked to remove any metallic objects, such as jewelry, watches, or hairpins, as these can interfere with the magnetic field. You might also be asked to change into a hospital gown to avoid any clothing containing metal.
You will lie down on a padded table that slides into the MRI machine. It’s important to lie still during the procedure to obtain clear images, so you might be provided with cushions or straps to help you remain comfortable and immobile.
A headrest or cradle will be used to keep your head in a stable position throughout the scan. Special coils will be placed around your head to improve the image quality and focus the MRI on the brain area.
The technologist will ensure that you are comfortable and provide you with earplugs or headphones to protect your ears from the loud knocking and thumping noises produced by the MRI machine. They will also give you a call button to alert them if you need any assistance during the procedure.
The MRI machine consists of a large, cylindrical tunnel. During the scan, you will be moved into the tunnel slowly. The duration can vary from 20 minutes to 30 minutes. It’s important to remain as still as possible during the scan to avoid blurring the images.
As the MRI machine captures images, it produces knocking and thumping noises. These sounds are normal and indicate that the machine is functioning correctly. You may be given earplugs, headphones, or music to help reduce the noise and make you more comfortable. The technologist will communicate with you through an intercom system and will guide you throughout the procedure.
Once the scan is complete, you will be moved out of the MRI machine. The images captured during the procedure will be reviewed and analyzed by our radiologist, who will then provide a detailed report we recommend you share with your doctor. Our team of providers is also available should you have any questions.
It’s important to note that MRI procedures are generally safe and painless. However, if you have any concerns, discomfort, or experience claustrophobia, you should inform the medical staff beforehand, as they may be able to provide you with options or solutions to help you feel more at ease during the procedure.