Getting an MRI

What to Expect When Getting an MRI

MRI is a safe and painless imaging test. The MRI machine uses magnets and radio waves to image your body’s insides. Getting an MRI can be a new experience. It is important to know what to expect when getting an MRI. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process step by step. Providing insights and tips to ensure a stress-free MRI appointment.

What Are MRIs Used For?

MRI diagnoses a variety of medical conditions, including:

Cancer: To detect tumors and to specify the extent of cancer.

Heart disease: To estimate the heart’s structure and to detect heart disease.

Neurological disorders: To diagnose neurological disorders, such as stroke and sclerosis.

Musculoskeletal disorders: To diagnose disorders, such as torn ligaments and herniated discs.

Other conditions: To diagnose conditions, such as infections, inflammation, and injuries.

The MRI Procedure: Step-by-Step

Safety Screening:

– The technologist will ask about your medical history. And ask you to remove metal items.

Positioning on the Exam Table:

– The technologist will help you onto the table and ensure your comfort.

Ear Protection:

– You’ll be given earplugs to reduce noise during the scan.

Entering the MRI Machine:

– The table will slowly move into the machine.
– The technologist will provide instructions and stay in constant communication.

The Scanning Process:

– You’ll hear sounds as the machine captures images. Stay still for clear results.
– The technologist will monitor you from an adjacent room.

After the MRI: What Comes Next?

– The technologist will assist you off the table and remove any devices or IV lines.
– Your images will be reviewed by a radiologist.

MRI Results

The images from your MRI scan will be analyzed by a radiologist. A doctor who specializes in medical imaging. The radiologist will send a report to your doctor, who will discuss the results with you.

MRI Safety

MRI is a safe procedure for most people. However, there are some risks associated with MRI, including:

Motion sickness: Some people may feel motion sickness during an MRI scan.

Noise: The loud banging noises during an MRI scan can be bothersome for some people.

Metal objects: MRI machines use a strong magnetic field. It is important to remove all metal objects from your body before your scan.

If you have any metal implants, be sure to tell your doctor before your MRI scan.

Contrast agent: In some cases, you will be given a contrast agent during your MRI scan.

Contrast agents are used to make the images clearer.

Claustrophobia and MRI

If you are claustrophobic, you may be worried about getting an MRI scan. MRI machines are large and enclosed spaces. They can be triggering for people with claustrophobia.

We make MRI scans more comfortable for people with claustrophobia.

One option is to have a sedative before your scan. Sedatives can help you relax and make you less aware of the enclosed space.

Another option is to have a family member or friend stay with you during your scan. This can help you feel more comfortable and relaxed.

If you are concerned about claustrophobia, be sure to talk to your doctor before your MRI scan.

At Huntington Beach Radiology Center, we offer comprehensive imaging services. Including MRI, to help diagnose and monitor a wide range of medical conditions.

Our team of experienced radiologists is dedicated to providing exceptional patient care.

Your comfort and safety throughout the procedure are our main priority.

With our advanced MRI machine and cutting-edge technology, you can trust that you will receive high-quality images for accurate diagnosis.