Having to get an MRI can seem intimidating, and when you aren’t sure what to expect the process can lead to anxiety. Here at Medical Imaging Express, we want to make your process as smooth as possible. Your experience should be as enjoyable as it can be. One of the biggest worries people have about MRIs is the potential side effects they may experience. While it’s good to be concerned about any medical procedure, MRI’s are a safe procedure and should cause little to no concern.
What Are The Side Effects Of An MRI?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging, also known as MRI scanning, is a painless type of scanning that uses magnetism and radio waves to produce images of body structures. This type of scanning does not involve x-ray radiation, and in return, there is no risk of exposure to radiation during an MRI.
There are no known side effects from an MRI scan. Patients with claustrophobia or anxiety may be given a sedative medicine to relax during the process and any medication can have side effects. Make sure to tell your doctor of any allergies you may have to avoid negative reactions to medication. If you are given sedation medicine, you may need to arrange for a ride home.
Once the MRI is complete, you are free to continue with your day as normal. While there are no side effects from an MRI, one of the biggest drawbacks is the amount of time they take. Most scans last anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes, in rare cases they last even longer. This time period can seem long, however, because you are not exposed to radiation, and there is no recovery period, the benefits often outweigh the drawbacks when considering an MRI.
Can Anyone Get An MRI?
Since the MRI scanning process uses magnetism, any patients with metallic materials on or in their bodies may be ineligible for MRI scans. These metallic materials can be a variety of things including surgical clips, artificial joints, metallic bone plates, heart pacemakers, metal implants, prosthetic devices, and metal chips. Also items such as metallic ear implants, chemotherapy or insulin pumps, bullet fragments, artificial heart valves, or other metallic materials. These types of materials can significantly distort the MRI images and risk the possibility of being moved by the magnet. If you are pregnant or have epilepsy, an MRI is not advised for you. Talk with your doctor, and be upfront about yourself to determine if an MRI is the right choice for you.
How Does Medical Imaging Express Help?
Unique to Medical Imaging Express, we have the only weight-bearing open-room MRI of its kind. This style of MRI offers relief from claustrophobia and gives unmatched patient comfort. Our open-style MRI allows you to look around the room, interact with others, and use headphones during your procedure. This gives anxiety relief to many patients, making the process even less stressful than a typical MRI scan.
We also offer the option of a standing MRI scan with our weight-bearing MRI machine. This machine allows us to scan patients in an upright or semi-upright position. This is beneficial to many patients that have difficulty laying down due to medical conditions or chronic pain. The natural, stand-up position that this style of MRI offers, allows you to get additional information that may not be possible to see in a traditional MRI.
With this knowledge, you can go into your MRI scan worry-free. Always make sure to listen to instructions given to you by your doctor before, during, and after a medical procedure. Here at Medical Imaging Express, we want to make your experience go as smoothly as possible, in a comfortable, open, and friendly environment. Read our other blogs to learn more about our services and what to expect. We are always happy to talk, so contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.