Preferred Imaging Centers has performed thousands MRIs from our clinics which are located in and around the Chicago area. We have a page of FAQs in our website but the questions keep coming in so we thought it would be helpful to provide some additional answers to some of the most frequently asked questions on MRIs in this blog post. Below you’ll find common questions about MRIs (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) often revolve around the procedure itself, its purpose, preparation, safety, and what to expect during and after the MRI.

What is an MRI and why is it done?

An MRI is a medical imaging technique that uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the body’s internal structures. It is used to diagnose and monitor a wide range of medical conditions, including injuries, diseases, and abnormalities in organs, tissues, and joints.

How should I prepare for an MRI?

Depending on the area being imaged, you might be asked to avoid eating or drinking for a certain period before the procedure. You may need to remove jewelry, metal objects, and certain clothing. Inform the technologist if you have any metal implants or devices in your body.

Can I eat or drink before an MRI?

In some cases, you might be asked to avoid eating or drinking for a specific period before the MRI, especially if you’re having an abdominal or pelvic scan. Follow the instructions given by your healthcare provider or the imaging center.

Can I take my medications before an MRI?

Generally, you can take your medications as usual before an MRI. However, inform the healthcare provider about any medications you’re taking, especially if they contain metal.

Is an MRI safe?

MRI is considered safe for most people. It doesn’t use ionizing radiation like X-rays or CT scans. However, if you have certain metal implants, devices, or conditions (such as pacemakers or cochlear implants), you may not be eligible for an MRI. The strong magnetic field can also affect or be affected by metallic objects, so it’s important to inform the healthcare provider about any metal in your body.

What can I expect during an MRI?

During the MRI, you’ll need to lie still on a table that slides into the MRI machine. You might be given earplugs or headphones to reduce the noise, as the machine can be quite loud. Some exams require a contrast dye injection, usually through an IV, to enhance the visibility of certain structures.

How long does an MRI take?

The duration varies depending on the type of exam and the area being imaged. Some MRI scans can take as little as 15-30 minutes, while others might take longer.

Will the MRI be uncomfortable?

The procedure itself is painless, but some people might find it uncomfortable to lie still for an extended period, especially if they are claustrophobic. Many facilities provide headphones with music to help you relax.

When will I get the results of my MRI?

The time it takes to receive the results can vary. Your healthcare provider will typically review the images and provide you with the results and any necessary follow-up.

Can I drive after an MRI?

In most cases, you can drive after an MRI. However, if you were given a contrast dye, it’s a good idea to have someone accompany you to the appointment in case you feel unwell afterward. Always follow the specific instructions provided by your healthcare provider or the imaging center to ensure a smooth and successful MRI experience.

We invite you to call the caring staff at Preferred Imaging Centers if you still have question or need an MRI, X-ray or CT imaging.

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