What can I expect during my MRI exam?

The MRI exam itself is painless – you won’t feel a thing. You may notice a slight knocking noise as each image is taken, however, so let your technologist know if you are particularly sensitive to sound.

As with any exam, the hardest part is to be patient. Just relax and remain still. The MRI staff will keep you informed every step of the way. Remember, they are there to assist you. Should you become uncomfortable, need help, or have questions at any point during your exam, just say so. There is a built-in intercom in the system so you can talk with the staff.

The length of your exam depends on the type of study your doctor has ordered. In many cases, MRI patients are done and on their way home within an hour.

After your exam, the technologist will take you back to the preparation room to collect your things. That’s all there is to it.