Our health care professional will help you lie down on a comfortable padded table. As your exam begins, the table will move into the opening of our MRI system. We will ask you to remain as still as possible during the exam to ensure the best quality images. The body part to be examined will be positioned in the center of a reception antenna.
You will be able to communicate with the technologist via intercom for the duration of the examination, which usually lasts about 30 minutes. You will hear a repetitive noise which is normal. You will be supplied with headphones to reduce the noise, and there is an opportunity to listen to your favourite music during the exam.
If necessary, a contrast agent will be injected into the arm to enhance the diagnostic image. You will be advised prior to the injection if this is required. This substance (Gadolinium) contains no iodine and side effects are very rare.
Claustrophobia – the fear of being in a confined in an enclosed place
In order to help those patients who suffer from claustrophobia, IRM Sud Ouest; South West MRI is equipped with the Siemens Espree 1.5T open bore MRI.
This hospital-grade technology is specially designed for patients with feelings of claustrophobia or those who feel panic in congested spaces. Unlike other machines, the board is wider and the head is outside of the machine. The head-out, feet-out design lets patients feel less restricted, which reduces fear and anxiety.
Our staff will keep you informed every step of the way. Remember, we are here to assist you and help you have a low-stress MRI experience. Should you have any questions, need assistance, or become uncomfortable during your exam, you can communicate with the health care attendant through our built-in intercom system.
Suggestions for a low-stress MRI
- Place a cool washcloth or a scented eye bag over your forehead or eyes during the procedure.
- You may even fall asleep! It is perfectly fine to drift off during your exam. Think of it as nap time.
- Some patients may request a mild sedative prior to their examination; however, this should be discussed with your doctor. If you do take a sedative, it should be taken approximately an hour and a half prior to the examination. In this case, you should have someone drive you to and from your appointment.