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  • 45 minutes
  • 1 franc CFA (BCEAO)
  • Location 1

Description du service

Is An MRI Scan Safe? An MRI scan is a painless procedure and there are no known risks or side effects associated with MRI. Please consult your doctor and a Affidea staff member prior to your MRI if you are or may be pregnant or if you have had surgery recently, particularly surgery that has required the insertion of metal joint replacements or clips. The scan may have to be delayed slightly to allow time for the area around the surgical site to heal prior to your scan. Please also consult your doctor and a Affidea staff member if you have any of the following as it may not be possible to have an MRI scan: Certain aneurysm clips in your head Certain metallic heart valves A cardiac pacemaker Inner ear implants (e.g. Cochlear) Some neurological stimulators Metal fragments within your eye If you have ever had metal fragments in your eye due to a penetrating injury and have not had your eyes checked, you will require an X-ray of your eyes prior to your scan to ensure there are no fragments still remaining. What If I Have Fillings Or Other Dental Fixtures? The MRI examination can still be carried out if you have any fillings or other dental fixtures. Do I Need To Prepare For An MRI Scan? In general there is no preparation necessary for an MRI scan. Unless otherwise instructed, you can eat and drink normally and take any regular medication. You will be asked to read our information leaflet and complete a short safety questionnaire prior to your exam. Both of these can be downloaded on this website prior to your scan. What Happens During An MRI Scan? For the examination you will be asked to lie on a cushioned table and will be made as comfortable as possible. You will be given an alarm button in case you need to contact the radiographer during the examination. Throughout the examination you will hear repeated banging, buzzing and rumbling noises which stop and start. These noises are normal. You will not feel anything. The machine does not move. It is open at both ends and it cannot close. You will be given ear phones and you may choose the music you wish to listen to during your scan. Are MRI Scans Painful? No. An MRI scan is a painless procedure. You must be able to keep very still and lie quite flat. If you are unable to keep still or lie flat please contact us before your scan.


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