If your doctor has given you a referral for an MRI scan and you have never had this type of testing done before, you might feel a little intimidated. Instead of worrying about it, you can inform yourself so the MRI process will be a breeze. Here are some of the things you can expect when you go in for an MRI scan:
Start Your Day As Normal
Unless you are going in for a specific scan for your gallbladder, such as the MRCP, you can take any daily medication you usually take and you can eat and drink before the appointment. If there is any reason for you to fast beforehand, you will be given notification of this at your doctor's office.
There Will Be Forms to Fill Out
While your primary doctor will have sent over some of your information to the MRI facility, you are most likely going to need to fill out some paperwork once you arrive02. This will be information that the MRI office will keep in their records.
You Need to Prep
Before you are taken into the imaging room, you will be directed to a dressing room. You will need to undress and put on a hospital gown that will be provided for you. You will need to remove all jewelry and anything on you that is metal. If you have a pacemaker or have ever had metal shavings fly at you at work, you will need to alert the technician. Never take credit cards with you into the MRI machine because they can be erased, meaning the card will no longer work and you would have to get a new one. Most MRI facilities have small lockers where you can store your clothes and other personal belongings and they will be secured in there until you are finished with the testing.
You Need to Be Very Still
The more you move during the MRI scan, the longer it will take to complete the process. It can be hard for a lot of people to stay perfectly still, but it is necessary in order to get the correct images. If the test is a long one, the MRI technician may give you a small break so you can sit up for a minute and stretch out. That can help you stay still for the remaining part of the test.
Once the testing is complete, you will be able to get dressed and be on your way. The results from the MRI will be examined and then sent over to your doctor who will explain what they did or did not find.
If you are in need of an MRI scan, contact your general physician for more information.