Tips & Advice
Is an MRI scan painful?
No, MRI scans are not painful. MRI’s are non-invasive procedures, meaning there is nothing physical done to the body that could produce any pain. While MRI scanning can be noisy (very noisy!) and the machines can be claustrophobic, there is nothing about the scanning process that can cause any pain, unless there is some sort of mishap, and those would be rare. If you have claustrophobia, check the machine out prior to the procedure. In many cases, you slide inside a very small space and that can be frightening for those with claustrophobic issues, although there are MRI machines that are not the slide-in type, which can be a better option.
Does health insurance cover MRI scans?
Most health insurance can cover MRI scans. However, you consult your policy for your specific coverage limits. MRIs are expensive, so carriers might limit them for their policy-holders.
How long does an MRI scan take?
Depending on the area being scanned, the imaging process can take anywhere from 15-90 minutes. Most Individual areas of the body can take from 20-60 minutes, typically, sometimes even less. Full body scans will likely take longer.
What is the MRI scan process?
Getting an MRI is a simple and painless process. The machines and the scan can be noisy, and some MRI machines can be a bit claustrophobic, but the process is simple and can last from about 20-90 minutes, depending on the area being imaged.
How does magnetic resonance imaging work?
MRIs use magnets to produce a magnetic field that forces the bodies’ protons to align with that field. A radiofrequency current is then pulsed through the body, stimulating the protons, which spin out of equilibrium and strain against the magnetic field pull. After the radiofrequency field is shut off, the energy released as the protons realign with the magnetic field is detected by the MRI sensors and an image is captured.
What is the difference between an MRI and CT scan?
The primary difference between and MRI and a CT scan is that a MRI uses magnetic fields and radio pulses to take a reading, whereas a CT scan uses an x-ray technique. MRIs are considered a clearer image versus the CT scan, which is an older, but still a completely legitimate, technology.
How do you prepare for an MRI?
Preparing for an MRI is very simple. You can eat and take your medications as you normally would, unless otherwise instructed, as they won’t affect the test. You will likely need to remove jewelry and anything metal as it can affect the magnetic element of the test. You may be asked to change into a hospital gown, but that is about all that is required--unless otherwise instructed.
MRI is magnetic resonance imaging. It is a popular technique used in radiology to get pictures of various anatomical parts of the body. MRIs are used as an initial part of the process of finding, diagnosing, and treating injuries in the body. From tendon and ligaments, to muscles, to diseases, MRIs are a very common imaging tool.