What to Expect During Your MRI

What to Expect During Your MRI Exam at Lehigh Magnetic Imaging Center

Patients who are new to MRI frequently have many questions about what to expect. The following should give you a good idea what the experience is like.

  • When You Arrive at Lehigh Magnetic Imaging Center
    • If you have not done so ahead of time, you will be asked to complete several forms. Your appointment will allow time for their completion, so there is no need to arrive early. Please let us know if anyone will accompany you into the magnet room or if your doctor has prescribed medication for your study. If sedation is required, someone will need to drive you home.

      You will change into a hospital gown and pants to eliminate any chance of your clothing interfering with the images. Hearing aids, removable dental work and all personal articles must be removed and placed in the secure locker that is provided.

      An MRI technologist will then review your medical history and answer any questions you may have.

  • During Your MRI Study
    • An MRI technologist will escort you into the magnet room and help you lie on a padded table. Once you are comfortably positioned, the technologist will then glide the table into the scanner. You will be monitored through an observation window and be able to communicate with the staff throughout your exam.

      Since an MRI magnet makes a variety of sounds, we will give you earplugs and offer a selection of music for your comfort.

  • Will you Need a Contrast Injection?
    • Some studies may require injection of a special contrast fluid, which helps provide additional information to the physician. MRI contrast is a gadolinium-based material that is safe and generally has no side effects. However, there is always the potential for allergic reaction, so please inform the technologist if you have had a reaction in the past. Contrast is usually excreted from the body within 24 hours.

  • After your MRI Exam
    • You may resume your normal activities after your exam. Please see the receptionist if you or your doctor requires a CD of your study.

  • Your MRI Results
    • A board-certified radiologist who specializes in MRI will review your study. A report will be sent to your doctor generally within 24 to 48 hours. Please consult with your doctor for the test results.