First MRI

- 489 State Street - Bangor, ME 04401 - p. 207-945-4680 - f. 207-945-4689
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What happens when I arrive at FirstMRI?

First, you sign paperwork that will allow us to send results to the referring physician and to send a claim to your insurance company. The staff will offer you a locker to place your belongings securely during your exam. You may keep the key with you at all times. You will be asked to change into a hospital gown or robe.

Next you will be greeted by the technologists who will perform your exam. Your technologist will explain what you can expect during the exam, will make sure you are comfortable.

How long does the exam take?

Most of our exams take somewhere between 15 and 45 minutes. One of the luxuries of a high field strength MRI system is that much shorter exam times are required compared to those performed on low field, so called, open MRI systems. Both of our systems are high field magnets.

Can I be scanned if I'm pregnant?

Pregnant patients will be scanned on an individual basis.

What if I'm claustrophobic?

We are very successful in making people comfortable, even with claustrophobia. In our open flare short bore magnets one's body is mostly outside the magnet. All magnets have lighted bores, fans, and mirrors or prism glasses that allow you to see outside the bore. One of the technologists will talk with you throughout the exam. You may also have a friend or family member stay with you during the exam.

Will I be able to drive after my exam?

Yes, unless you have taken a sedative or any other medication that would compromise your driving ability.

When am I told the results of my exam?

Your physician will receive the results of your exam within a few days.

May I obtain copies of my MRI?

Yes. Should you desire to obtain a copy of your MRI , we will be happy to provide you with a CD-ROM that contains the images obtained during the procedure.

Are there injections?

Sometimes a contrast material, specific to MR imaging, is used to provide additional information.