MRI checklist: What to ask your doctor before you get an MRI

mri-checklistMRI’s can be nerve-wracking, especially for first timers. Usually, the patient is unsure what an MRI will be like and they are nervous about what could possibly be wrong. We understand that undergoing an MRI can be stressful which is why it’s always good to come into our office prepared. Let’s explore what the right questions to ask your doctor before you get an MRI.


  • What MRI size is the best for the type of MRI I am receiving?

MRI bore size is an extremely important topic when regarding MRI scans. There are three different types of bore sizes, wide, closed, and open. Each bore size comes with unique pros and cons. At Pueblo, we provide an open bore MRI, which in our opinion makes the patient more comfortable and relaxed during their exam.


  • Why am I getting an MRI rather than another imaging procedure?

This question usually gets overlooked when patients are told to get an MRI. There are various imaging procedures, and an MRI is just one of them. Obviously, the doctor prescribed you an MRI for a reason, but ask your doctor exactly why so that there is no confusion in diagnosing what ever may be wrong.


  • How will the results change my treatment?

This is a great question to ask to your referring physician because it helps you determine a plan for the future. Once you have a game plan for what could happen, the scan will feel like a breeze. If you know what the possibilities for treatment are you will feel calm and prepared for the rest of your exam.


  • Should I go to an outpatient center for my MRI?

Usually your doctor will know of many places that you can get an MRI. This is why it’s important to ask other questions to your doctor such as, ‘Is the center ACR accredited?’, ‘What kind of prices do they have on MRIs?’. These types of questions will give you more of a clue as where to go for an affordable, high quality MRI.


If you’re looking for a great outpatient imaging center, then Open MRI of Pueblo might be the best for you. We are ACR accredited, have low prices, and take the care of our patients seriously. Call us to schedule an appointment now at 719-404-0997








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