What Happens During an MRI/MRA Scan?

The technologist will position you on the MRI table, and the table will then slide into the scanner. The MRI unit’s feet-first functionality allows your head to remain outside the magnet bore during many exams – with the exception of head or neck scans of course.


For clear pictures, you will be asked to hold very still and relax. In some cases, you will be asked to hold your breath. Any movement, especially of your head or back (even moving your jaw to talk) during the scan will seriously blur the pictures


Having an MRI scan is quite simple. Depending on the area being scanned, you may be asked to put on a hospital gown. If it is needed, you may also be injected with a special type of MRI dye that enhances the image of the area being examined.


With the assistance of an MRI technologist, you will be positioned on a padded table. The table will then move smoothly into the magnet opening. You won’t feel anything, but will hear a noise as the images are acquired (earplugs are provided). The intercom system allows you to converse with the technologist who will let you know how the scan is progressing.


Most exams are completed within 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the type of study performed. You are welcome to have an adult family member or friend stay with you during the scan.




Please contact our front desk at (770) 476-3939. If necessary, we can connect you with a technologist to answer any concerns you may have.

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Please download, print, and fill out our MRI Screening Form before your appointment, and bring it with you on the day of your appointment. This is the complete list of screening questions asked before you enter the scan room.