The infographic below, MRI Preparation: What to Expect, explains what happens before, during and after the test. From your point of view as a patient, there’s nothing in the infographic that will scare you, but there are several things you’ll learn that are very important.

Your doctor will tell you ahead of time not to wear any metal during the test because metal and MRI tests don’t mix. You may find yourself nearly fully inside the MRI tube for a test that can last anywhere from 15 minutes to over an hour, depending on what area of your body is being scanned. Make sure your doctor is aware if you are at all claustrophobic before the test.
Although an MRI produces images practically instantly, radiologists and clinicians can take anywhere from a few days to two weeks to study them and report back.

For more on MRI’s and what you can do to prepare for the procedure, check out the resource below!