MRI FAQ

How big is the MRI machine?

Length= varies & Diameter= 52-54 centimeters

Is there a weight limit on the scanner?

Yes 350 lbs.

Does my head have to go in the scanner?

Depending on what type of MRI you are having, your head may have to go into the scanner.

What happens if the electricity goes off?

The table has a manual override that enables it to unlock and bring you out of the scanner.

Where will you be while I’m in the scanner?

The technologist will be just outside the scanner door at the operating console. The technologist will also be in visual contact with you through the glass during your exam.

How will you know if I need you?

The technologist will be in contact with you throughout the test. You will also have a call button.

Why do I have to have contrast?

Contrast may enhance the images and gives the radiologist more detailed information about your exam.

Will the contrast make me sick?

It is very unlikely. The only thing you should feel is a coolness at the injection site.

Can we do the test without contrast?

Yes; however, specific information that your physician wants, may not be able to be obtained by doing the test without contrast. The test could be inconclusive.

Will I be able to drive after the exam?

Yes, as long as you did not have to take an oral sedative for your exam.

Do I have to hold my breath the whole time I’m in the machine?

No; however, you may be asked to hold your breath for specific exams for a period of 30 seconds or less as we are obtaining the images.

Can you scan my head without putting it in the head coil?

No. It is the antenna that picks up the signal to create the images of your brain. 

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Phone 336-765-5722
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