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What can you expect during a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)?

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An MRI is a type of scan that uses a magnetic field, radio waves, and a computer to create detailed pictures of the inside of your body. The machine usually looks like a hollow tube. You’ll lie on an exam table that slides into the tube. Expect to hold still for around 15 to 45 minutes, sometimes longer, while the machine makes images of your body.

In some cases, you’ll get a special dye injected into your arm before the exam. It’s called a contrast agent, and it helps make the images of your knee even clearer. During the exam, you’re usually alone in the room. An MRI technologist will be outside running the scan on a computer.

From: What to Expect During a Knee MRI WebMD Medical Reference

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Radiological Society of North America: “Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – Knee,” “Contrast Materials.”

Cedars-Sinai: “Knee MRI.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 27, 2019

SOURCES:

Radiological Society of North America: “Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – Knee,” “Contrast Materials.”

Cedars-Sinai: “Knee MRI.”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on May 27, 2019

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