Many a medical procedure can intimidate patients, especially when experienced for the first time. The good news about an MRI exam, especially in an upright or multi-positional machine, is that patients have nothing to fear.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, there are no known harmful side effects associated with temporary exposure to the strong magnetic fields used in MRI scans. While no substitute for consulting your doctor, here are three conditions you can expect during your procedure:

Your concerns will be taken seriously
If you have any questions at all about the MRI procedure, it's imperative that you share them with the staff in the MRI suite. The key to a successful procedure is relaxing and remaining still, and while there's no sedation needed for an upright MRI exam, the technicians will want to know what they can do to help you in any way.

You'll be able to see ... and watch TV
With uprights MRI technology, there's no need to enclose a patient's head, so your line of sight will not be completely blocked. In fact, many modern MRI clinics with upright machinery have TV sets on the opposing wall, enabling patients to catch up on their favorite TV shows while the painless procedure takes place.

Less noise than you'd expect-and the ability to talk
California State University at Long Beach confirms stand-up MRIs are more convenient for patients and allow imaging in the normal attitude and weight-bearing conditions. They're also quieter. At any point in the procedure if you have a question or concern, you can talk to the technicians. From the start of pre-exam prep, your concerns are taken seriously.

To learn more about what to expect in your next MRI procedure, visit Vertical Plus MRI in Hazel Crest, Ill., or Mishawaka, Ind., or call 708-799-4940. You can also visit their website for additional helpful information.