You will be asked to change into a gown. The following items cannot be taken into the scan room because of the strong magnetic field (a locker is available for any valuables): Watches, scissors, removable jewellery, shoes, pens/ pencils, wallet/coins, credit cards, keys, dentures, wigs, hairclips, mobile phones, clothing with metal attachments eg bra, jeans/pants with zip.
All you have to do is relax and keep absolutely still. The radiographer will position you on a padded table (usually on your back) and this will slowly be moved into the scanner. The scanner is air-conditioned and well lit. You will be able to hear and talk to the radiographer via an intercom system at all times. You have a choice of recorded music to listen to during the examination. A friend or family member may safely accompany you in the scan room, if you wish.
The examination will not hurt. You will feel nothing from it either during or after the test. You will hear tapping noises. These can sometimes be quite loud, so you will be provided with ear plugs or earphones.
MRI examinations may take up to 1 hour to complete. This time is broken into a series of scans each 5 minutes on average. The duration of your examination will depend on what regions of the body are being examined and if multiple regions need to be scanned.