Are there any restrictions with the MRI exam?
Yes. To ensure your safety, we will interview you by phone and in person prior to your exam. It is important for you to answer our safety questions accurately.
MRI is not recommended if you have:
- A pacemaker or cardiac defibrillator
- Some types of aneurysm clips
- Cochlear (ear) implants
- Some other medical implants that use magnets, batteries or wires
If you have any of the above, be sure your physician and the MRI staff know about it. We will use a published list to determine if your device can be scanned safely.
Can I bring someone with me to the MRI exam?
Yes, but we prefer they remain in the waiting area. In some cases someone who meets all the safety requirements stated above may be able to accompany you during the exam. However, this will add to the preparation time for the scan. Our staff will stay in contact with you by intercom during the entire exam.
What will happen during the MRI exam?
You may be asked to change into an examination gown before your test. A technician will position you on the exam table, which will gently slide into position for the exam. Lying still will help produce the most detailed images possible. Depending on the purpose of your exam you may receive an injection of a contrast solution that will allow the radiologist to view tissues more clearly. As the images are created you will hear a series of thumping sounds. These are normal.
How long will the MRI exam take?
We perform many types of exams, ranging from fifteen minutes for a simple scan to about an hour for complex studies. The average is between 30 and 45 minutes. Including dressing time and paperwork, plan on between 60 to 90 minutes.
How will I feel after the exam?
There are no known side effects of an MRI scan. You should be able to return to your normal activities. If, however, you used a mild sedation you should not drive or operate heavy machinery or make important decisions.
When will I know the results of my MRI exam?
Board-certified radiologists from St. John and Providence Hospitals will interpret your MRI exam. Our radiologists are specialists in neuroradiology, orthopedics and body applications. Test results will be sent to your physician within a few days. You should make an appointment with your doctor to discuss the results.
Are MRI exams covered by my insurance?
Major insurers often cover MRI. Check with your insurance provider to find out what your plan covers.
What if I have more questions about MRI?
If you have additional questions please ask your physician or call Open MRI of Michigan at 248-585-4569 or toll-free 888-674-6424.