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Wondering what to expect from your MRI?

  • Your MRI technologist will position you on the table and make sure you are as comfortable as possible prior to starting the scan.

  • Exams can be as short as 25 minutes or over an hour. The length of the scan does depend on the image that was ordered.

  • If you are claustrophobic, please be sure to inform your technologist. They will do their best to make you feel at ease. You can also request a prescription to be filled by your pharmacy prior to the MRI.

  • The magnet is permanently open at both ends, and there is an intercom system where you and the technologist can communicate.

  • As the MRI machine is taking the images needed, you will hear repetitive tapping and thumping. Ear plugs or music will be provided during the exam to decrease this noise.

Preparing for your MRI with Wide Open MRI:

  • If you have aneurysm clips, a pacemaker or any other medical implants, you will not be able to proceed with the MRI. Please be sure to inform your technologist of any implants you may have to ensure your safety.

  • All your valuables and jewelry should be left at home. You will be asked to remove any and all metal from your body before entering the MRI room. If possible, please wear clothing without any buttons, zippers or snaps. A gown will be provided to you if you are not dressed appropriately for the scan.

  • Lastly, it is very important to remain still throughout the scan to allow for the best quality images and prior diagnosis.

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