Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, is a noninvasive procedure used to conduct diagnostics on patients by using magnetic fields and radio waves to create an accurate image of the human body. MRI scans allow our team of physicians to detect a wide range of medical abnormalities in their early stages, giving patients the best possible chance at full recoveries.
We understand that MRI scans can seem intimidating, which is why we’ve compiled some of the most common questions we receive about the procedure.
Are MRIs safe?
MRIs are one of the safest forms of diagnostic imaging available. As opposed to other methods like X-Ray imaging or CAT scans, patients are not exposed to any radiation, and there have been no proven side effects to MRI scans. The only caveat to an MRI is that because it uses a strong magnetic field to produce an image, patients with pacemakers or other metallic implants may be unable to participate.
How long is the procedure?
MRI scans here at Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine rarely take longer than 45 minutes to complete. The scan is broken down into individual series’ of pictures, with each one taking about 15 minutes.
Am I allowed to talk?
Patients are required to remain still while photographs are being taken, but will be able to communicate with the technician at certain intervals. If you have questions during an MRI or if questions are asked of you, always feel free to speak.
Are MRI scans painful?
Because of their noninvasive nature, MRI scans are completely painless. The only discomfort you may experience is a result of remaining motionless for an extended period of time.
Can I receive an MRI if I am claustrophobic?
If you’ve experienced symptoms of claustrophobia in the past, be sure to notify your physician before your MRI procedure. We utilize Short-Bore MRI machines here at Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine, which offer substantially more headroom and elbowroom to help alleviate any claustrophobic feelings you may have felt in a traditional MRI machine. Music is also available to help keep those nerves calm.
If an Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine physician recommends you for an MRI, you can enjoy convenient, flexible scheduling, including same-day appointments, due to our on-site imaging facility. Our team of certified MRI Technologists will ensure you get the care and imaging you need to help your physician get you back to doing what you love. Request an appointment online, or contact us today at 904-825-0540 with any questions.