How to Ease Your Anxiety for Your First MRI

Before your first MRI, we can ensure an efficient and stress-free experience by giving you a breakdown of what to expect before, during, and after your visit. 

We understand that MRIs may seem daunting at first, however, we are the only independent clinic in the area with a quad of MRI machines. What that means is that patients will receive the imaging specialized to their specific requirements, offering the highest level of care possible.  

What is an MRI?

MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging; it uses radio waves and a strong magnetic field rather than X-rays to produce highly detailed images of body tissues and organs. MRIs can show the structure as well as the condition of your body tissue, nerves, and blood vessels in great detail.

What to Expect:

Before MRI

The magnetic field used in an MRI will pull on certain metal objects so you must notify your technologist of any that may be implanted into your body including a pacemaker, aneurysm clips, and metal plates. Clothing should be free of metal otherwise scrubs are provided to change into with private dressing rooms and secured lockers for valuables.

During MRI

The technologist will help you onto the MRI table. The table will then slide you into the MRI machine. You are alone in the room during the scan, but you can talk to the staff at any time through an intercom. A call button is also provided if at any time you feel very claustrophobic or unwell.

After MRI

You can return to normal activities as soon as the scan is complete. The radiologist’s interpretation will then be available to the referring physician or via the AMI patient portal.