Don’t Be Afraid of The Big, Bad MRI

MRI Scan

MRI ScanIf your doctor recommends that you get an MRI, Magnetic Resonance Imaging—you have to. You’d need to go to your local hospital or clinic to spend time inside an ominous looking machine that would allow doctors to figure out what’s happening inside your body. While this might sound terrifying, it isn’t.

What to Expect

Expect the MRI room to be cold since this is needed for the proper function of the MRI machine’s magnets. You would need to lie very still on a table that inside a huge, tunnel-like scanner. Don’t worry; the scanner is completely open on both ends. You would be all alone inside the room while the managing technician is operating the scanner from another room nearby, but you could talk to the technician through a microphone, assures an experienced radiology technician at in International Falls. You might also need to wear earplugs to drown out the loud noise once the machine is turned on. The entire procedure would last from 45 to 90 minutes.

How to Prepare Yourself

Depending on doctor’s orders, you might have to avoid drinking and/or eating anything for six hours before your scheduled scan. You would need to remove your jewelry and inform your doctor if your body has any metal parts, such as implants, pacemakers, surgical screws or plates, shrapnel, etc., and if you have tattoos. You might also be given a dye injection so that the technician could evaluate your results easier and more accurately. Make sure to inform your doctor if you have liver or kidney problems. If you’re claustrophobic or are having major anxiety over the procedure, you might be prescribed a sedative to help calm your nerves during the MRI scan.

After The MRI

After the scan, the radiologist would review the MRI results and report to your doctor. You should then wait for your doctor to contact you to discuss the results. This waiting part is the worst, so it’s a great idea to discuss your concerns with your doctor, including what happens next to allay your fears and help you prepare yourself for all possible outcomes.

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