On the day of the exam, patients may take all their regular medications and follow their normal dietary regimen. It is important, however, that our patients do not wear any metal during their scan as it can adversely affect the MRI image quality. Therefore, we recommend wearing “sweats” because they have little to no metal elements.
Patients should arrive early for their MRI appointment to complete their registration. Patients are then escorted to the scanner room. As electronic and magnetic items are vulnerable to damage by the MRI machine, we caution patients to make sure all watches, credit cards, cell phones, and hearing aids are removed and safely stowed in a patient locker before entering the scanner room.
An MRI technologist positions the patient in the scanner and ensures maximum comfort, while at the same time being in the position they feel pain to show its cause. Once the scan has commenced, our patients generally close their eyes and relax or watch the 42″ television monitor in front of them.
Although the patient may be placed in the position of pain to allow SUMA to capture the anatomy in the position that reproduces symptoms, the scan itself does not cause any pain or discomfort. Most scans are completed in 15 to 35 minutes. We trust you will find the SUMA upright MRI experience is far superior to conventional MRI scanners in comfort and quality.