While the scan is taking place
Once inside the MRI scan room, you will be positioned on a padded examination table and will be given earplugs and headphones that play a variety of satellite radio channels. A special apparatus will be placed on or around the part of the body being scanned to better focus the images.
If a physician or radiologist has determined that an IV will enhance the MRI scan results, an IV will be placed in your arm or hand prior to the test by one of our technologists.
It is important to lie completely still while the images are being taken. Any motion or movement will affect the sharpness. The technologist will talk to you via a two-way intercom throughout the scan and will keep you informed of what can be expected. If there is a need or a question, there is a call button and the technologist will respond immediately.
MRI scans are individualized and tailored to each patient's needs. Total scan times range from 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the number and type of images the physician requested. You are welcome to have a family member accompany you during the exam provided he/she meets our MRI safety criteria.
MRI Information Line
If you have questions about the MRI or how to prepare for your test, please call our MRI information line at 877.700.4674.