MRI, or Magnetic Resonance Imaging, is a painless and non-invasive procedure where a magnetic field and radio waves are used to view objects in the body. Radio waves are transmitted to a receiver in the machine which forms an image of the body that can be used to diagnose various health issues.
Common areas that are diagnosed with MRI include the brain, breasts, joints, heart and blood vessels.
You will be required to change into a hospital gown before the procedure.
You will also be asked if you have any metal in your body, which may be in the form of artificial joints, pacemaker, implants or stents.
You will be made to lie on a table that slides into the MRI machine. You will be given earplugs to wear and to protect your ears as there will be loud repetitive noises during the procedure. Once within the machine, you will be required to keep as still as possible to allow the machine to obtain clear images. Sedation can be administered if you experience claustrophobia.
Images of the area will be taken while you are in the machine, and you will be able to communicate with the technician throughout the test.
You will be able to leave the hospital immediately after the procedure. You will rest in a recovery room if you were sedated prior to the procedure until wake and feel well enough to leave.
You will be given a follow up appointment to review your test results. Should you feel unwell, contact your doctor immediately or call our 24-Hour Medical Urgency Clinic