What is MRI?

MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging.  It uses an extremely powerful magnetic field to produce images of the patient’s body.  MRI is a very sensitive way to detect the cause of a patients symptoms,  without using radiation.

Can I have an MRI scan?

Most patients can safely have MRI performed.  Patients who have pacemakers or other implanted devices may need special precautions, or another type of scan.

How long will my scan take?

Usually between 20 and 60 minutes, though potentially longer for complex examinations.

Will the scan harm me?

There is no known adverse effect of MRI.

Will the scan harm my baby?

Although there is no known adverse effect of MRI on a baby, the safety of MRI during pregnancy has not been confirmed.  MRI is only performed during pregnancy when the potential benefit of the scan outweighs the small potential risk to the baby.

Will MRI hurt?

No.  Occasionally patients experience a warm or tingling sensation, but the scan will not cause pain.