Frequently Asked Questions
Who should have an MRI exam?
MRI is an advanced technique for collecting internal images of the body. It is useful for anyone who has an ailment or source of pain that has been difficult to diagnose.
Because of the accuracy and detail of MRI, it is especially useful for detecting tumors, tissue damage and other physical abnormalities.
It is also useful in determining the effectiveness of treatments by measuring, for example, the change in size of a tumor, which is helpful in making continued decisions about treatments.
Do I need a Doctor referral?
Yes, all Healthview scans require a referral from your healthcare provider.
Why is MRI helpful?
MRI allows doctors to see images of your internal organs and structures in great detail and from many angles. This gives them information more quickly and in many cases more economically than past tests and exploratory surgeries.
Will an MRI exam hurt?
No. Since MRI is “non-invasive”, the exam is painless and not harmful.
You just lie back, relax and stay as still as possible until the technologist has obtained all the necessary angles to produce an image of the area of interest.
Do I have to hold still the whole time?
You have to remain as still as possible. Just like a regular photograph, moving may result in a ‘blurred’ image. The technologist will let you know when you can move.
Will I be claustrophobic?
Very few people experience anxiety when having their MRI, but we are very sensitive to those who are uncomfortable within small spaces. If you have experienced anxiety due to small spaces before, please let the technologists know prior to your appointment and they will be happy to help you through it.
Is the procedure loud?
You’ll hear loud knocking noises during your scan. Headphones with music are provided to protect your hearing. The technologist will communicate to you through the headphones and can also hear you if you have any questions or concerns during the exam. You will also be given an emergency call bell to stop the exam, if needed.
Will I be alone in the MRI examination room?
We try to make the MRI examination as comfortable as possible. You may choose to be alone, or if you would like to have a friend or family member in the room with you, we can accommodate that. To ensure safety, we must first check that the friend or family member is free of metal objects such as aneurysm clips.
How long will an MRI exam take?
A typical exam lasts between 15 and 60 minutes.
Can anyone be scanned?
MRI technology is very safe for a large number of people. However, some people with metal implants such as pacemakers and aneurysm clips cannot be scanned. You will be required to provide a health history. Our staff will determine if a particular metal implant is acceptable for the MRI environment.
Are there size or weight restrictions?
Healthview offers a wide-bore MRI scanner for a more comfortable imaging experience. This is especially helpful for larger patients or patients prone to anxiety in tight spaces. The scanner bore measures 70cm. Patients whose weight exceeds 580 lbs may be unable to have a scan.