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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) (cont.)

After the Procedure

If a contrast injection is used, the IV is removed from the arm before the person goes home. No side effects from the scan or the contrast injection should occur.

In the rare circumstance that sedation is needed, that person is sent home once awake and alert. For those people who receive sedation, someone must drive them home. No aftereffects occur from having an MRI.

A radiologist is a medical doctor trained to interpret various imaging studies. The radiologist interprets the results of the scan, and the results are then sent to the doctor. How quickly the doctor receives the report depends on the imaging center where the study is performed.

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