SIT BACK, BE COMFORTABLE AND RELAX

What happens during a scan*?

Sit comfortably in the plush reclining armchair and rest your arm or leg in the scanning chamber. Most scans take 20-30 minutes, while more complex scans may take an hour. Parents can accompany children throughout the scan.

*For some conditions, a safe contrast dye may be injected into a vein to enhance visibility of the tissues being examined. It is normal to feel some warm or cool sensations during the injection. If you experience discomfort or have an allergic reaction, a physician will be available for immediate assistance.

What do I need to do before the scan?

No metal, please! The MRI scanner uses a strong magnetic field to produce the images.

Wear comfortable clothing without metal zippers, hooks, buttons or buckles. All metallic objects must be left outside the MRI room. We recommend that you arrive 15 minutes earlier to complete some medical questionnaires. You MUST inform the radiographer if you have the following metal implants:

  • Implanted defibrillator or pace maker
  • Cochlear (ear) implant/implanted hearing aids
  • Metallic surgical clips such as those used on brain aneurysms
  • Artificial heart valves
  • Implanted drug infusion parts
  • Artificial limb or metallic joints
  • Implanted nerve stimulators
  • Pins, screws, plates, stents or surgical staples
  • Intra-uterine contraceptive device 

MRI and Pregnancy

There is no known risk of using MRI in pregnant patients. It is safer for the fetus than imaging with x-rays or computed tomography (CT). However, to be safe, MRI is used in pregnant patients only to make diagnoses that may require urgent treatment. If you are pregnant or suspect you are pregnant, you should inform the radiographer.

What happens after the scan?

Exceptional images expertly reported without delay

You may leave immediately after the scan or wait for a copy of the images. A radiologist specializing in musculoskeletal imaging will examine the images and deliver a report to your doctor who will advise you on the results and the appropriate treatment you need. You will receive the images and a copy of the report to keep.