Please remember your referral slip, and bring any previous diagnoses and images with you, if possible. Bring current blood test results, particularly kidney function (creatinine) and thyroid (TSH).
During the exam, patients typically lie on their back on a narrow pallet, which moves slowly through the ring-shaped opening of the machine. This is about 70 cm wide and the machine is more like a ring than a “tube”, so you will not feel confined and need not experience any claustrophobia. During the exam, you can speak with the physician or radiology assistant at any time via intercom.
The exam itself is completely painless and takes between 1 and 5 minutes, depending on complexity. You should remain as relaxed and calm as possible during the exam. An automated voice may give you specific instructions for breathing. Please follow them, as each breath can cause the internal organs to look different.