What happens during an MRI?
The MRI scan will be thoroughly explained to you by our Radiographer prior to beginning.
You will likely be asked to change into a gown to avoid accidentally taking any items in your pockets into the scan room.
You will be asked to lie on the scan table. The part of your body to be scanned will be carefully positioned and gently secured, so that you feel comfortable and are more likely to remain still. Small devices, called coils, may be positioned around the body part that is being studied. These coils are receivers, which enhance the picture quality.
Certain MRI scans require contrast to be administered through a vein in the back of your hand or your forearm. The contrast helps the Radiologist demonstrate certain areas more clearly.
The scanning process is painless. However, if you are claustrophobic please inform our staff prior to your scan as a sedative may be provided.
To ensure the quality of the images captured, it is very important to remain completely still throughout the procedure.