No special preparation is needed for this procedure. Patients with a history of claustrophobia or a painful medical condition can use a mild sedative or analgesic before the scan. Be sure to discuss this with your doctor.
A typical MRI exam takes 30-60 minutes. During the procedure, you will be able to talk with the technologist, who will be just a few steps away. A movable table will move your body through the magnetic field of the MRI scanner to produce images of your internal organs.
During the MRI you will hear intermittent thumping sounds produced by the magnetic field at work. This is normal. Nothing will touch your body and you will not experience strange sensations or pain of any kind.
After the exam, the radiologist will read your results and send a report to your doctor. In the event of a condition that needs immediate treatment, the radiologist will contact your doctor as soon as possible after the procedure.