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May 25, 2021

What is an MRI Scan?

By Concierge at AffordableScan | 4 min read

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a technique to create detailed images of the organs and tissues in your body using magnetic fields and radio waves.

It is a non-invasive way to produce high-resolution images of your organs, tissues and skeletal system. Your doctor can then use these images to diagnose you or to see how well you are responding to a treatment.

Did you know? MRI scans can take anywhere from 20 to 90 minutes

How to prepare for an MRI?

Before an MRI, let your doctor know if you:

  • Have any allergies to any food or medication
  • Had surgery recently
  • Have any health conditions, such as liver or kidney disease
  • Suffer from asthma
  • Are pregnant, or suspect to be pregnant
  • Have any metal-based devices in your body, such as a piercing, pacemaker, etc.

What Happens During an MRI?

You will first lie down on a table and the scan will begin. Then as the scan starts, the table will slide into the MRI machine. Depending on the body part being scanned, your body will be completely or partially inside the machine.

The MRI machine will create a strong magnetic field inside your body which a computer reads and use them to make a series of pictures. Each picture consists of a thin slice of your body.

During the scan, you might hear some noises coming from the machine and feel a twitching sensation in your body. Both things are completely normal and should cause no concern.

After some time, usually between 20 to 90 minutes, the scan will be finished.

Note: Sometimes it might be necessary to inject a contrast dye into a vein in your hand or arm before the scan begins. This contrast agent will help your doctor see the structures inside your body more clearly.

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MRI Scan Results

A radiologist will read the results of your scan and share the report with your doctor. Your doctor will then explain the result to you and share the next steps.

The Affordable Alternative to Hospital Radiology Departments

Why are hospitals NOT the best place to get an MRI?

  • They are expensive - MRIs can cost up to several thousand dollars
  • Getting an appointment can take weeks or even months
  • Finally, the hospital might not be in-network for your insurance provider

For these reasons, stand-alone imaging centers can be your best option. They provide high-quality services at a much lower cost than a hospital. They can offer excellent prices when paying cash and can offer same-day appointments and quick turnaround times on results.

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