Prior to entering the MRI scanner, you will be instructed to change into an examination gown. This is done for safety purposes and to ensure your clothing does not have any detrimental effects on image and diagnostic quality.
You will be asked to lie on the scanning table and a special coil/antenna will be placed over the body part being examined. MRI scanners can be quite loud making a knocking sound like a jack hammer while the images are being acquired. You will be provided with earplugs or headphones playing music to reduce the impact of the noise. Constant communication will be maintained during the examination, however, if you need to contact the technologist, you will be provided with a buzzer to raise their attention.
The average MRI examination can last 15-60 minutes depending on the procedure you are having. For additional information, please refer to the specific tests.