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Frequently Asked Questions

Most patients who need to undergo an MRI have a number of questions about the procedure, what they can expect, and other issues. At Longhorn Imaging, we understand how important it is to feel comfortable with your exam. That’s why we’ve put together the following collection of frequently asked questions about different issues relating to MRI exams and patient needs.

Should I take my medications before the MRI?

MRI exams aren’t usually affected by a patient’s use of medication, so it is usually advisable for patients to continue with their normal medication routine unless their doctor advises otherwise. You should, however, let our technologists know what medications you are currently using.

How should I dress for the MRI?

Wear loose, comfortable clothing that doesn’t include metal zippers, snaps, fasteners, etc. Metallic objects can disrupt the imaging process, and therefore need to be avoided. Cosmetics are discouraged as many brands contain trace amounts of metals.

How long will the MRI take?

The length of a patient’s MRI can vary, depending on a number of factors, but in general, an MRI exam will take between 30-60 minutes.

What should I do if I am claustrophobic?

Undergoing an MRI exam requires spending a significant amount of time in a small enclosed space. As a result, it is important for those who may have claustrophobia to consult with their doctor before undergoing the exam in order to determine the best course of action. Some doctors will provide patients with a mild sedative in order to improve patient comfort during the exam.

If you have any other questions that you would like to have answered, the Austin MRI professionals from Longhorn Imaging are more than happy to help. Contact us at (512) 444-8900 today and learn more about our services and what we can do for you.