What to Expect From an MRI

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Hi, I'm Dr. Vonda Wright. A Magnetic Resonance Imaging scan, an MRI, is an amazing too to help doctors like me make an accurate diagnosis. Doctors can see tissue and get a clearer picture of what's going on inside your body without surgery. MRIs can be used to diagnose everything from bone and joint problems caused by arthritis to breast or lung cancer.

The only down side is that MRIs can be disconcerting for patients, here's what to expect if your doctor orders one for you. The standard MRI machine is a metal tube that you slowly slide into, you have to stay very still while the image is formed. MRIs also make an incessant pinging noise which patients find annoying.

Deep breathing exercises and meditation can help you stay calm during an MRI scan. An MRI can take an hour or longer to complete. If you are prone to claustrophobia ask your doctor for a sedative, an anti anxiety drug or even stress reducing aroma therapy before hand. I'm Dr. Vonda Wright watch all our health smarts videos for more tips to be a smart patient..