A Simple Guide for

What to Expect During an MRI Scan

Scheduled for an MRI scan and feeling a bit unsure about what to expect?

Don’t worry, this guide will walk you through the process in simple terms, so you can feel more comfortable and informed before your appointment.

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What is an MRI?

An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a painless and non-invasive medical test that uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the inside of your body.

Before the MRI: Preparation

Before your MRI, the healthcare team will give you instructions on what to do.

They might ask you to avoid wearing jewellery, remove metal objects, and change into a hospital gown.

If you have a cardiac pacemaker, artificial heart valves, implanted pumps (e.g. insulin pumps) or other implanted devices, please inform your healthcare team. In some cases, you may not be able to have an MRI scan.

This also includes patients with metallic foreign bodies in your eyes from grinding or welding accidents – you may not be able to have an MRI scan.

There may need to be other examinations required to make sure you are safe for our MRI machine before proceeding. Always chat with your healthcare team.

During the MRI: The Process

When it’s time for your MRI, you’ll lie down on a comfortable table that slides into a large tube-like machine. This machine has a big magnet inside.

  • You need to lie still during the scan, so the images come out clear. MRI machines make loud knocking or thumping noises, but you usually get earplugs or headphones to help with the noise.
  • The MRI machine will take pictures of different parts of your body. It’s important to stay as still as possible. Try to relax and breathe normally.
  • On occasion, a radiologist may need to speak with you and perform some ultrasound scanning as well, to clarify what has been shown in the images and ensure the question asked by your referring doctor is answered accurately.

After the MRI

Once the MRI is done, you’re good to go.

You can get back into your regular clothes and carry on with your day. If a contrast dye was used during the scan, the healthcare team will let you know if there’s anything specific you need to do afterward.

Results and Follow-Up

The images from your MRI will be reviewed by a radiologist, who will then share the findings with your healthcare team.

They’ll explain what they see and discuss any further steps or treatments if needed.

Remember, your doctor is there to help you understand the results and guide you on the next steps.

In Summary

An MRI might seem a little intimidating, but it’s a safe and valuable tool that helps doctors learn more about your body.

Disclaimer: Please note, if you have any questions or reservations about an upcoming radiology scan, it is always recommended to consult with your healthcare provider, who can address your concerns directly. This is general information, not tailored to a specific individual. Please read our Terms and Conditions.