If you have been scheduled for an MRI test, you may be familiar with the acronym, but not much else. The first thing to know is: Don’t worry. MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) has been in use since the 1970s. An MRI test is normally painless, does not involve radiation, and helps doctors diagnose a very wide range of conditions that would be difficult or painful to diagnose using other procedures.
Below is an infographic entitled, MRI Preparation: What to Expect, explains what will happen before, during the after your test. From your point of view, there’s nothing in the graphic that should scare you, but there are several things you’ll learn that are very important.
Your biggest MRI challenge will probably be the dress code. You’ll be told before your test to not wear any metal to your procedure. Metal and MRI tests do not mix well. You should alert your doctor of any metal you have inside, such as artificial joints or a pacemaker. You’ll find other things highlighted in the infographic of what not to wear during your test, such as makeup.
Depending on what part of your body is being scanned, you may find yourself almost completely inside the MRI tube for a test that can last from 15 minutes to over an hour. If you are claustrophobic, make sure your doctor is well aware of it in advance of the test. In some cases, claustrophobia is treated with a sedative; in less severe cases, simply having your favorite background music is enough to reduce anxiety.
The MRI procedure produces images of your scan almost immediately, but it can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks for radiologists to review them and report back. One thing we recommend is asking how long the report will take before you leave. For more on MRI’s, please continue reading.
MRI Prep from Imprex International
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