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Getting Comfortable with your MRI Exam

Your doctor wants you or a family member to have a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam on a GE Signa® InfinityTM system. The overview below and our FAQ (frequently asked questions) provide information that we hope will answer your questions and help you prepare for your MRI exam.

If you still have unanswered questions please contact us for more information.

MRI Overview

What is Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)?

Simply put, magnetic resonance imaging or MRI is highly advanced technology that enables physicians to look into your body. It uses magnets, radio waves, and computers to create extremely detailed pictures or “images” of your internal organs and structures.

Because MRI produces images from any angle with great clarity, it provides a wealth of diagnostic information more quickly and easily than many other tests and exploratory surgery.

The person who will administer your exam is called an MRI technologist. She or he will help you lie down comfortably on the padded table. As your exam begins, this table will move into the wide opening in the MRI system. Try to remain as still as possible during the exam to ensure the clearest images.

What can I expect during my MRI exam?

The MRI exam itself is painless – you won’t feel a thing. MRI Machines are a little noisy but you will be given earplugs to keep you comfortable.

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 most cases, MRI patients are done and on their way home well within an hour.

You will be given comfortable clothing to wear during the exam and your personal belongings will be safely locked in your own changeroom.

How do I prepare for my MRI exam?

Good news – no special preparation is needed. Eat and take any prescribed medication as usual, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.

One important thing to remember, though: MRI and metal do not mix.

An MRI system has a powerful magnet inside, which is why you need to follow these guidelines:

  • Tell your physician and the MRI staff if you have a pacemaker, prosthesis, surgical clips, metal implants, or any other metal objects in your body. Some implants, such as a pacemaker, may be affected by an MRI exam.
  • Tell your physician and the MRI staff if you do work with metal finishing or grinding equipment. It is important that the eye area is free of any metallic particles.

Leave metal or magnetized objects at home or give them to the MRI staff for safekeeping when you arrive for the exam. Items that might be affected by the magnet include watches, coins, keys, bobby pins or other hair clips, pocketknives, and credit cards. Avoid wearing eye makeup because metal flakes or slivers are found in some eye shadows.

If you are severely claustrophobic, please discuss this with your physician before coming for the MRI exam. Your physician may suggest a mild sedative.

Download the patient screening information to prepare for the questions we will ask you when we call to book your appointment.

Finally, if you have additional questions or want more information before your exam, please don’t hesitate to contact your physician or the staff of the MRI facility. Although our MRI clinic is located in Abbotsford, we also serve Aldergrove BC and all of the lower mainland.

Remember to contact us if you still have unanswered questions.

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