Having an MRI scan is quite simple. Depending on the area being scanned, you may be asked to put on a hospital gown. If it is needed, you may also be injected with a special type of MRI dye that enhances the image of the area being examined.
With the assistance of an MRI technologist, you will be positioned on a padded table. The table will then move smoothly into the magnet opening. You won't feel anything, but will hear a noise as the images are acquired (earplugs are provided). The intercom system allows you to converse with the technologist who will let you know how the scan is progressing.
Most exams are completed within 20 to 40 minutes, depending on the type of study performed. You are welcome to have an adult family member or friend stay with you during the scan.