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The Open Upright MRI Experience

If you have not had an Open Upright MRI exam before, chances are you have questions about what to expect. Here, you’ll find information on how to prepare and what to expect during and after your Open Upright MRI  exam. 

  • Preparation for your MRI will depend on your specific exam. A center representative will call you prior to your appointment to provide personalized instructions, and review health and insurance information.
  • At the time of your appointment, notify a center staff member if you are nursing or if there is a chance you could be pregnant.
  • Because of the magnetic field, you will be required to wear metal-free clothing, or to change into a gown. You also will be asked to remove any metallic objects, such as jewelry, watches and hair clips.
  • On the day of your exam, please arrive 15 minutes early to check-in and bring prior imaging results with you, if instructed. 
  • Your technologist will talk through a MRI safety checklist with you. Inform your technologist of prior surgeries or metal implants, such as pacemakers or aneurysm clips.

  • The technologist will help position you in the scanner for the exam. Often, an imaging device called a “coil” will be placed around the area of the body to be scanned. 
  • Once you are comfortably positioned, the technologist will go out of the room to run the scanner from a computer located directly next to the scanner suite, visible through the viewing window.
  • The technologist will capture the images and remain in communication with you.  It is important to remain as still as possible during this part of the exam to help us obtain clear images. Your will hear “knocking” or “buzzing” sounds for a few minutes at a time. 
  • In some cases, you will need contrast material to further aid in the detection or diagnosis of potential abnormalities. In this instance, an I.V. will be placed in your hand or arm.
  • After the exam, your images will be sent electronically to one of our radiologists who will review the information and write a report for your provider. This information is shared with your provider within 24 hours of your exam. The provider who referred you for the MRI will be the one to follow-up with you about your results.

If you have questions about an upcoming MRI scan, please call the center nearest you that offers Open Upright MRI