Being told by your doctor that you need an MRI scan can be terrifying. Here are some things you can expect during your test. The more you know, the easier it should be to handle the process.
- Eat Normally
You should also continue to take your medications, unless otherwise instructed. Your doctor will have you change into a gown and ask you to remove anything metal from your body.
- Lie Down
You’ll be asked to lie down on a moveable table, so the technician can slide you into the machine. Since you have to be still throughout the procedure, some places offer goggles that show movies, or headphones for music.
Since most MRI scanners are long tubes, they have been known to cause claustrophobia, even in patients who have never experienced that before. Your technician might offer you a small sedative in order to help with this.
There is another option though. An open MRI scanner takes all the fear away from the procedure. The tests are the same, and the images are just as powerful as a traditional MRI. Ask your doctor if this option is available for you.
- It’s Painless
There will be magnets spinning around you, but you won’t be able to feel a thing. The most uncomfortable part of the procedure is staying still for so long.
- Strange Noises
Because of all the moving parts, you’ll most likely hear tapping and thumping noises. This is normal. The sounds can be drowned out by earplugs or music.
- Your Involvement
If you’re having a functional MRI, you may be asked to perform small tasks like tapping your fingers or answering questions. This is all to help activate those portions of your brain on the scan.