Here are a few tips to help you come prepared to the MRI Center,
as well as some information about what to expect after you arrive
for your MRI.
Please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.
The first several minutes of your visit will be spent preparing
for the procedure, including taking important safety precautions.
For most procedures, the patient goes into the MRI machine
head first, and the lower part of the body remains completely
outside the machine. If you are having an MRI of your foot,
knee or leg, you will go into the machine feet first, and
your head and upper body will remain outside the machine.
When the procedure begins, the table you are lying on will
rise and slide into a flared, tube-like cylinder that is
wider on both ends than it is in the middle. This tube never
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You will need to lie still on the table for 30 to 45 minutes.
However, the scan is divided into a number of sequences, so
you will be able to stretch or move slightly between
sequences, although it is very important that you remain in
the same position on the table. Please tell the technologist
when you are going to move so that the next scan sequence
will not be blurred by your movement.
While a scan is underway, you will hear a repetitive knocking
sound. But no part of the machine will ever touch you, and
you will not feel any discomfort from the procedure. When you
hear the sound, the MRI images are being produced, so you
must lie as still as you possibly can during this time.
If the knocking sound bothers you, you can ask the
technologist to raise the volume of the music in your