What to Expect?
Before Your MRI Scan
Comfortable, athletic-type clothing (like a sweat suit) without metal snaps or zippers is the recommended type of clothing to wear to your appointment. Sweat suits will be available. Because of the magnetic field, you will be asked to leave some items outside the scan room in a secure locker including: coins, credit cards, jewelry, glasses, watches, hair pins/wigs, wallets, cell phones, and/or purses.
Important Information You may be asked to remove makeup, dentures and hearing aids. You will be asked if you have had brain, ear, heart, or other surgeries, or any of the following: Pacemaker, Neurostimulators, Aneurysm Clips, Infusion Device, Metal fragments in your eye, Shrapnel, Heart Valves. If you are pregnant, please notify your physician and/or the staff at The MRI Center @ OSTC. Please check with your physician if you’re uncertain about any of the above mentioned items.
During Your MRI Scan
In the magnet room, a technologist will assist you onto the padded table. The table will move slowly into the magnet opening. You will hear sounds similar to a drumbeat as pictures of your body are formed. Your doctor may order contrast (dye) to be administered for your test to enhance areas of interest. At all times during the exam, a technologist will be able to see and hear you. Stereo headphones will be available for you to listen to your favorite radio channel, satellite station, or CD. Please feel free to bring your personal choice with you to the center. The exam takes about 15 to 25 minutes depending on the type of information your doctor needs. It is important to lie completely still while the images are being acquired. Motion will affect the sharpness of the images.
Claustrophobic Program Fortunately, we offer scanning in an open/short bore MRI. Along with being a high field magnet (1.5 Tesla), we are able to shorten the total exam time as well as provide a much less confining scanner.
After Your MRI Scan
Because there are no side effects, you may leave immediately following the procedure. The radiologist will study the MR images and report the results to your physician, usually the next day. Your doctor will schedule a time with you to discuss the results of your MRI exam.
Contact The MRI Center @ OSTC to receive specific PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS.