If you have never had an MRI scan done before, you probably have a ton of questions for your doctor. Here are a few commonly asked questions that patients ask before receiving an MRI:
How Long Does an MRI take?
The amount of time it takes to receive an MRI exam depends on the specific area of the body you are getting scanned. It can take anywhere between 20 minutes to an hour. The average length of an MRI is 20-35 minutes.
Are there Health Risks?
MRIs utilize magnetic fields and radio waves, which have no reported health risks. If you have certain medical implants, you may not be able to receive an MRI – which leads us to the next question.
I Have Medical Implants – Is It Safe for Me to Get an MRI?
Most metal implants are MRI safe, but there are certain types of implants that are not. If you have any of the following, you should not have an MRI scan:
- Certain types of aneurysm clips
- Certain neurostimulators
- Implants that are not MRI safe
If you have any medical implants, it is very important to mention them to your doctor so that they can determine if it is safe to perform an MRI scan on you.
Can I Wear My Wedding Ring/Jewelry During an MRI?
All jewelry and metallic accessories must be removed before an MRI for two reasons:
- The metal interferes with the magnetic fields.
- The MRI scan cannot “see” through the jewelry, making it look like a foreign object in your body. This can cause misleading results.
We hope this FAQ answered some of your questions about MRIs and made you more comfortable with your upcoming scan. If you have any more questions, ask our physician when you come in for advanced imaging in Toms River, NJ.