When your doctor calls for a Magnetic Resonance Imaging scan, it could involve any part of the body, often the head and spine. The detailed images provided by the magnet and radio waves are used to diagnose a multitude of injuries, illnesses and disorders.
MRI Patient Information
Your doctor has requested an MRI scan. Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions.
What is MRI?
What happens when I have an MRI?
Are there special instructions to be followed before a MRI scan?
Under certain conditions when a specialised MRI needs to be performed dietary restrictions will apply these include when:
– The MRI examination requires injection of gadolinium, a contrast agent which is used for image enhancement.
– When sedation or anesthesia is necessary for the patient to have the MRI.
Is an MRI scan uncomfortable or painful?
How long does an MRI scan take?
You will be asked to wait for your films and results will be forwarded to your referring doctor within the same day of your examination.
You will need to inform the radiographer performing the exam if you are pregnant or there is a possibility that you may be pregnant.