Closed MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of organs and structures that are inside the body. MRIs allow physicians to see extremely detailed images of the inside of the human body that cannot be seen with other diagnostic imaging. An MRI is one of the safest, most comfortable imaging techniques available.

How to prepare for an MRI?

  • All patients should review our Patient Prep Page before their appointment.
  • View our Patient Prep Page
  • Patients scheduled for an MRI exam must remove all metallic objects from their body before their exam.
  • For patients that have been scheduled for a MRI with a contrast material, please inform the facility staff or the technologist of any of the following as they may pose a higher risk to have a negative reaction to the contrast material:
    • Any information of a history of asthma, allergies, kidney problems, diabetes, heart problems, or thyroid problems.

What to expect during the MRI?

  • You will be asked to lay down on a mechanical table that is inserted into the machine to scan the desired body region.
  • The scan generally takes 20 to 30 minutes depending on the type of scan being performed and the body part being scanned. During the scan, please try to remain calm and breathe normally as large body movements can interfere with the MRI results.
  • During the MRI you will hear loud thuds and clicking noises coming from the machine, these are completely normal and are not a cause for concern.
  • You will be in constant contact with the MRI technologist should there be any problem or concern during your exam.
  • After your MRI, you may return home or to work. DFW MRI will contact your doctor within 24 to 48 hours with the results of your study. Only your doctor is authorized to discuss your MRI results with you.

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