- Does the patient have to be prepared for the examination?
- How is the procedure performed?
- Is it necessary to use a contrast agent?
If you have a scheduled chest MRI with contrast agent (for example to define tumors, inflammations, etc.), it is advisable not to eat for at least 6 hours before the investigation.
Otherwise, no special preparation is required for the MRI of the chest, and only general MRI instructions apply.
The radiographer will place you in the appropriate position (usually supine) on the examination table and install a suitable coil. You will be provided with earphones for hearing protection as loud noises are generated during the investigation. You will enter the MRI scanner where you will stay for the duration of the process. You will hold a bell in your hand to use it if any problems occur during the procedure to alert the radiographer.
You will receive breathing instructions (such as “inhale”, “exhale” and “hold your breath”) through your headset. In some examinations, the breath should be held for up to 15 seconds.
It is of particular importance that you remain completely still during the investigation as the movements impair the image quality!
The examination lasts 20 – 30 minutes. The time is extended by additional 15 minutes if a contrast agent has to be used.
In such examinations, the contrast agent is only used in special cases, such as to define known tumors, inflammations, etc.