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For certain orthopedic conditions, MRI scanning (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is an essential part of the diagnostic process and preparation for surgery if needed. MRI scanning uses radio waves and magnetic resonance imaging MRI technology to create detailed images of your tissues. It's a non-invasive and pain-free method that allows your specialist to get an inside look.

At Barrington Orthopedic Specialists, we prioritize your comfort and confidence during every step of your treatment, including MRI scanning. Here are a few tips to minimize anxiety commonly associated with MRI scanning.

MRI Machine

Our MRI machine is designed to ensure patient comfort during scans. With an open design at both ends and a short-bore configuration, parts of the body are always outside the scanner. This means that even during functional magnetic resonance imaging MRI scans, where blood flow and magnetic field changes are observed, patients may have their heads positioned outside of the machine. This setup allows for a more comfortable experience while still capturing the necessary data for accurate diagnosis and analysis.

Cover Your Eyes

If a patient wants an eye covering during the MRI scan we offer a washcloth as an eye covering.  This can put you in a deeper state of relaxation, and may even be conducive to letting your mind wander or practicing meditative mindfulness.

During an MRI exam, if a patient prefers an eye covering, we provide a washcloth for that purpose. This can enhance relaxation, potentially allowing the mind to wander or facilitating meditative mindfulness. MRI scanners play a crucial role in conducting MRI exams, ensuring accurate and detailed imaging for diagnostic purposes.


If you experience claustrophobia in tight spaces, it may be beneficial to consult your physician about prescribing a sedation medication to take one hour before the MRI procedure. This can help alleviate any discomfort during the MRI scanner inside the MRI machines. If your physician prescribes medication, it is important to arrange for someone to accompany you to the MRI scan and provide transportation back home.

MRI Technologist

An MRI scan is a safe and low-risk testing procedure that provides detailed images of the body using radio waves. During the MRI appointment, our Technologists ensure patient comfort by speaking to them between every scan and addressing any questions they may have. We prioritize patient comfort to ensure a positive experience during the MRI appointment while obtaining precise and detailed images.

The compassionate, experienced technologists who make up our team at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists want to make sure you’re as comfortable and confident as possible when you come in for testing. If you’re still concerned about your upcoming MRI, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at (847) 885-6232. 

To be scheduled with a physician at  Barrington Orthopedic Specialists, contact our office at (847) 285-4200 or schedule online here

For urgent needs when our physician’s offices are closed, visit our Immediate Orthopedic Care (IOC) in Schaumburg, Illinois