What will I experience during and after the procedure?
Most MRI exams are painless; however, some patients find it uncomfortable to remain still during MR imaging.
It is normal for the area of your body being imaged to feel slightly warm due to radiofrequency absorption. This side effect is very minimal and regulated strictly by your imaging Technologist and monitored by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). Please feel free to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your imaging Technologists at any time during your visit.
It is important that you remain perfectly still while the images are being recorded, which is typically only a few seconds to a few minutes at a time. For some types of exams you may be asked to hold your breath. You will know when the images are being recorded because you will hear loud tapping or thumping sounds when the coils that generate the radiofrequency pulses are activated. With MR imaging, the loud noise cannot be avoided. Patients always receive hearing protection. Our exam rooms are also equipped with headphones that you can listen to music during your exam. You may even bring your favorite CD with you to listen to during your exam or ask your Technologists if we have a selected music artists that enjoy. We carry a music collection.
You will usually be alone in the exam room during the MRI procedure; however, the Technologist will be able to see, hear and speak with you at all times using a two-way intercom.
If you exam uses contrast along with scanning, it is normal to feel coolness and a flushing sensation for just a minute or two. The intravenous needle may cause some discomfort when it is inserted and once it is removed, you may experience some bruising. This is normal. There is also a very small chance of irritation of your skin at the site of the IV tube insertion.
If you have not been sedated, no recovery period is necessary. You may resume your usual activities and normal diet immediately after the exam. That's great news! A few patients experience side effects from contrast material, including nausea and local pain. Very rarely, patients are allergic to the contrast material and may experience hives, itchy eyes or other reactions.If you experience allergic symptoms, our Technologist or Radiologist will be available for immediate assistance.
Breast-feeding mothers should consult with the Technologist or their physician regarding breast feeding after receiving intravenous gadolinium contrast.
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