An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Image) scan is a non-invasive medical procedure. The purpose of an MRI is to capture images of the spine. These images may include the vertebrae, discs, nerves, and surrounding tissues. The YouTube video explores what to expect from a spinal MRI scan.

What to Expect From a Spinal MRI Scan

Before the procedure begins, you’ll be asked to complete a questionnaire to determine if it’s a safe procedure for you. Next, a nurse will ask you to change your clothes into a medical gown.

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You’ll remove any jewelry that might interfere with the MRI’s magnetic field.

A nurse will position you on a narrow MRI table that will slide into the machine. You’ll either go into the machine head first or feet first, depending on which part of your spine the doctor wants to scan. The radiologic technologist will help position you for the scan.

Specialized coils are put around the area of your spine the doctors wish to scan. These coils enhance the images by enhancing the MRI’s signal. You can expect loud banging and knocking noises during the scan. Don’t be alarmed; it’s normal.

An MRI scan may run for 30 minutes and up to an hour. During the scan, you’ll communicate with the technologist through an intercom. The technologist will instruct and guide you. Overall, it’s a safe and painless procedure.