Is MRI painful or not?
An MRI scan is a painless procedure, so anaesthesia (painkilling medication) isn’t usually needed.
If you’re claustrophobic, you can ask for a mild sedative to help you relax..
Is an MRI scan scary?
This is not because MRI scans are dangerous, or even particularly scary. It is just an unusual experience in which our natural and normal reaction is to be at least a little cautious of what is happening around us. Feelings of claustrophobia before and during an MRI scan is normal, but most people adapt quickly.
What does it feel like to have an MRI scan?
The procedure is painless. You don’t feel the magnetic field or radio waves, and there are no moving parts around you. During the MRI scan, the internal part of the magnet produces repetitive tapping, thumping and other noises. You might be given earplugs or have music playing to help block the noise.
What does an MRI do to your body?
An MRI scanner can be used to take images of any part of the body (e.g., head, joints, abdomen, legs, etc.), in any imaging direction. MRI provides better soft tissue contrast than CT and can differentiate better between fat, water, muscle, and other soft tissue than CT (CT is usually better at imaging bones).