For some people, MRI scanners are something familiar but for others it can be a foreign process. When first undergoing an MRI scan, we understand that you may be confused, concerned, or unaware of what an MRI actually is. Kerrville Imaging is here to help you every step of the way. No need to be nervous about your first MRI! We are here to give you an inside look into the MRI scanning process and what you should expect on the day of your appointment.
First, the radiology technologists will ask you a series of questions.
Some of them are about your medical history (such as Kidney failure) and others are about current conditions (such as pregnancy). Another huge question they ask is if you have any medical devices implanted in you such as a pacemaker. Some cardiac devices are approved; your technologist will determine that.
You might have to change out of your clothes, especially if you have some type of metal zipper on them. The technologist will give you a gown, to wear. Don’t worry, it’s super fashion forward.
Next is when the procedure starts.
According to the Multiple Sclerosis Trust, the radiographer will ask you to lie on the scanner bed or table. There are pads they can put under the knees, to make you more comfortable. It can get cold in the room, so you might get offered a blanket along with earphones that you can listen to music. Some centers have music for you, others let you bring your own.
The technologists will place you in whatever position they need to depending on the type of body scan you are receiving. When you are reasonably comfortable, the table is moved smoothly into the machine where you will stay still for just about 30 minutes to 45 minutes.
During this period, the technologist will update you on how it’s going and how much time there’s left. You might hear some loud noises such as beeps; it’s just the machine talking to you. Finally, they will remove you from the machine and you have completed your first MRI scan.
Now all you have to do is wait for the results.
Your radiologist will analyze your results and provide you with answers regarding the area of concern. You're officially done with your first MRI scan! You can take a sigh of relief and know that exactly what to expect your next MRI scan. If you have questions about Open MRI's or want to make an appointment at our center, give us a call! We'd be more than happy to help.