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When scheduling your appointment, you will be asked if you have any metal objects in your body, since the metal may interfere with the magnetic field. MRI cannot be performed on people with:
If you are having a scan of the head, we recommend that you do not wear heavy eye makeup as the metal particles in the makeup may interfere with your exam. You may follow your normal diet and take any medications in your usual fashion. As with any medical procedure, be sure to inform your physician or the technologist if there is any possibility that you are pregnant or if you have a history of allergies.
When you arrive, you may need to change into a gown or pajamas and will be asked to remove all metal objects before going into the scanning room. You may wish to leave your jewelry and valuables at home or we have secured lockers where you can store these items. The technologist will help position you on a padded table in front of the magnet. Depending on the type of exam you are having, you will then enter the scanner head first or feet first. The technologist will begin by moving the table into the magnet.
During the exam, the technologist will be inside the control room watching you at all times. An intercom system allows you to talk freely with the technologist. As the exam starts, you may hear a variety of thumping noises, similar to light hammering. Some people find this noise relaxing, but we also have earplugs and stereo headsets available for your comfort. While the scanner is working, you may feel a slight vibration; but other than this vibration, you should not experience any other sensations. The procedure takes between 30 and 60 minutes depending on the exam and the scanner used.