What will happen when I get scanned?
A trained MR professional will help
you into position on the scanner bed. This narrow bed slides
directly into the scanner. Ask for a blanket if you are chilly.
It may be necessary to place a special band or ring on the
area to be scanned. This band or ring is actually a special
antenna that enables the scanner to pick up signals with more
clarity from that portion of anatomy that is being scanned.
Once you are positioned, all you have
to do is relax and lie as still as you can. The East Bay Upright MRI
Center scanner is especially patient-friendly in this regard.
Because it is so quiet and comfortable, many patients even
fall asleep during the scan. You will be able to talk to a
member of the staff in the next room who will be able to see
and hear you during the entire scan. You can have a companion
stay in the scanning room with you throughout the scan. In
fact, whenever possible, parents are encouraged to be in the
room with their children during the scan.
The procedure will take from 20 to 60
minutes depending on your doctor's instructions. After the
scan, you can resume all normal activities immediately. Infrequently,
certain types of scans require the use of an injected contrast
agent. If your doctor ordered this type of scan, our staff
member will explain the contrast agent to you and answer your