- 1 What do I bring to an MRI?
- 2 Do I need to undress for MRI scan?
- 3 What is the best sedative for MRI?
- 4 Do you need someone to drive you home after an MRI?
- 5 Why do I feel weird after an MRI?
- 6 What should you not do before an MRI?
- 7 Can you wear jeans in an MRI?
- 8 Can you swallow during an MRI?
- 9 Can you wear pants during an MRI?
- 10 How do you survive a MRI if you are claustrophobic?
- 11 What kind of sedation is used for MRI?
- 12 Can you have an MRI under sedation?
- 13 What happens if you move during an MRI?
- 14 How long after an MRI will I get results?
- 15 Why did my MRI hurt?
What do I bring to an MRI?
Any valuables can usually be stored in a secure locker. Depending on which part of your body is being scanned, you may need to wear a hospital gown during the procedure. If you don’t need to wear a gown, you should wear clothes without metal zips, fasteners, buttons, underwire (bras), belts or buckles.
Do I need to undress for MRI scan?
The magnet on the MRI is very strong. For your safety, it is LDC’s policy that all patients undress and put on a gown to ensure that we do not get any artifacts from threads or hidden metal in your clothing. Not only for your safety, but we also want to make sure nothing obscures the images.
What is the best sedative for MRI?
When in doubt, you can request a very light relaxation medication like Ativan to settle nerves during an MRI. Make sure you also take your antispasmodic medications, if they’ve been prescribed.
Do you need someone to drive you home after an MRI?
If you are very claustrophobic, your doctor may give you a mild sedative, or your MRI may be scheduled with sedation. If so you will need to have someone drive you home after the test. The test is painless, though if your test requires gadolinium contrast this is applied in a vein through a needle.
Why do I feel weird after an MRI?
According to researchers at John’s Hopkins University, the magnet in MRI machines can stimulate the inner ear’s balance center, causing some patients to feel vertigo while they are inside the machine and in the minute or two after they’ve left it.
What should you not do before an MRI?
What to Avoid Before an MRI
- Don’t Get Any New Piercings. When you go in for your MRI, you’ll need to remove any body piercings or earrings.
- Don’t Disregard Doctor’s Instructions.
- Don’t Disrupt Your Schedule.
Can you wear jeans in an MRI?
You can wear clothes during an MRI, but this depends on the fabric. Compression wear or tight clothes aren’t recommended. Hoodies, jeans, and jackets often have metal components like zippers and buttons.
Can you swallow during an MRI?
Between scans (when the magnet is not beeping), you can swallow freely, however you still can not change your body position or scratch, etc.
Can you wear pants during an MRI?
You will be asked to remove any clothing containing metal and all jewelry. You will be provided metal free clothing to change into such as gown, shorts or pants.
How do you survive a MRI if you are claustrophobic?
Getting Through an MRI When You Have Claustrophobia
- 1-Ask questions beforehand. The more educated and informed you are on the specifics of the test, the less likely you are to be surprised by something.
- 2-Listen to music. If the exam allows, ask about listening to music.
- 3-Cover your eyes.
- 4-Breathe and meditate.
- 5-Ask for a blanket.
- 6-Stretch beforehand.
- 7-Take medication.
What kind of sedation is used for MRI?
Propofol will be given through an I.V. to induce sleep. This medication has a short duration of action and a rapid recovery time and is administered to make sure you remain asleep during the entire MRI study.
Can you have an MRI under sedation?
Common medications prescribed for anxiety are typically inadequate for MRI examinations and could leave you unprepared to have the exam. At Wake Radiology, we DO NOT recommend patients take any oral sedation medications prior to their MRI.
What happens if you move during an MRI?
If you move, the MRI scan pictures may not be clear. Your primary care physician may order you a mild sedative if you are claustrophobic (afraid of closed spaces), have a hard time staying still, or have chronic pain. You will hear very loud banging noises during the series of scans.
How long after an MRI will I get results?
The results from an MRI scan are typically interpreted within 24 hours, and the scans themselves are usually given immediately to the patient on a disc after the MRI is complete.
Why did my MRI hurt?
The magnetic fields that change with time create loud knocking noises which may harm hearing if adequate ear protection is not used. They may also cause peripheral muscle or nerve stimulation that may feel like a twitching sensation. The radiofrequency energy used during the MRI scan could lead to heating of the body.