So your doctor says you need an MRI. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a medical imaging technique that uses strong magnetic fields, magnetic field gradients, and radio waves to generate images of organs within a patient’s body.
If this is your first time getting an MRI, there are some things your doctor may not have mentioned that you will probably want to know. Keep these tips in mind so that you will be more mentally and physically prepared.
1. It’s loud.
Expect loud banging sounds during your MRI. You can bring foam earplugs to help with the noise.
2. You may be in longer than scheduled.
In some cases, your procedure could go on for longer than expected so make sure you’ve had a bite to eat and used the bathroom beforehand.
3. Don’t wear jewelry.
An MRI uses magnetic waves so leave all your jewelry at home.
4. Don’t apply makeup.
This goes for lotions, deodorants, sunscreen, or nail polish. These products can contain metal that can interact with MRI magnets.
5. Anxiety can set in.
If you suffer from anxiety or claustrophobia, ask the ordering physician if an open MRI is a good alternative.
6. Let your doctor know about any tattoos.
Tattoos may have dyes that can heat up in an MRI and cause skin irritation or burning.
7. You’ll feel warm.
Because of radio waves, some people do feel a little warmer and their body temperature may go up by a degree, but it is not a cause for concern.
8. Don’t move.
If you move during the procedure, the images may not produce results and the whole process will have to be restarted.
9. There is no radiation.
Unlike an X-Ray or CT Scan, an MRI uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves. It will not expose you to radiation.
At Townsen Memorial Hospital, we use MRIs to diagnose internal problems, as well as to follow up from medical procedures without exposing the patient to the radiation of an X-ray. Depending on each patient and his or her symptoms, MRIs can be a better alternative than other types of imaging, such as CT Scans and X-Rays. We carry the 1.5 Tesla Closed High-Field MRI and the .3 Tesla Open MRI.
Townsen Memorial Hospital is here for you
At Townsen Memorial, safe, effective, and affordable care is our top priority. Therefore, we strive to provide the best patient experience across all Townsen Memorial affiliated sites. The high-quality care starts at our Emergency Room and carries on through our Imaging Centers, Surgery Centers, and up through our Townsen Memorial Hospital. Our medical sites are located in Houston, TX, and the surrounding areas, to provide the best care to patients in and around Harris County. To learn more, visit townsenmemorialhospital.com or call 1-877-494-9487.