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Expect the following during an MRI:

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  • As it begins, you'll hear the equipment making a muffled thumping sound that will last for several minutes. Other than the sound, you shouldn’t feel anything unusual during the scanning.
  • For some MRI exams, you'll need a shot of a "contrast material" into your vein. It helps doctors see certain structures in your brain on the scan images.

From: MRIs for Headache and Migraine Diagnosis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: The National Migraine Association.

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on January 17, 2017

SOURCE: The National Migraine Association.

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on January 17, 2017

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