What is an MRI Scan?
An MRI scan is a type of scan that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce a detailed image of inside the body.
An MRI can be used to help diagnose conditions, create a treatment plan, and assess how effective a current or previous treatment plan has been.
It can provide information on structure and function. It can also be used as a stress test.
What happens during an MRI Scan?
Whilst the scan is happening, you will be asked to lie flat on a bed that moves in and out of the scanner. As you will be having a scan of your heart, you will most likely be moved into the scanner headfirst.
As the scanner controlled by a radiographer can be quite loud at times, you will be given earplugs or headphones to wear during your scan.
The most important part of an MRI scan is to keep as still as possible.
The scan will last anywhere between 15 minutes up to 90 minutes, depending on the area and how many images need to be taken.
Risks with an MRI Scan
An MRI is both painless and safe. The only issue that might occur is if you have claustrophobia, but with the support of the radiographer, it’s manageable.
There has been no evidence to suggest that the magnetic fields and radio waves used during an MRI scan pose a risk to the human body.
An MRI may not be recommended in certain situations such as if you have a metal object in your body.