Open MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
Will I be alone during the scan?
Some people like to be left alone during the study and some even fall asleep. Be assured that you are constantly being monitored. However, if you would like, you can have a companion in the scanning room with you throughout the exam. For your convenience, an intercom system is built into the MRI imager, the technologist will be right there.
Who will notify me of the scan results?
An MRI radiologist will read the scans and report them to your doctor who will share the results with you.
When are the capabilities of MRI most useful?
Excellent tissue contrast makes MRI the imaging method of choice when your doctor needs to view the brain and spine. Multiplanar imaging obtained with MRI is very useful for imaging of the knees and shoulders as well as the brain and spine.
Must I hold still during the scan?
Yes, holding still is important for image clarity. If you have difficulty holding still, talk to the technologist. They can instruct you as to when you may move between the scans.
How long will my MRI scan take?
A typical procedure averages 30 minutes or longer depending on the type of scan. Some patients even fall asleep during the MRI exam.
Are MRI scans like CT scans?
No. A CT scan is a computerized X-ray. MRI scans use a strong magnetic field and harmless radio waves, so you are not exposed to X-ray radiation.