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    What does an MRI Scan of the Knee show?

    Posted by Ravi Sohal on Thu, Feb 26, 2009

    knee mri scan pictureMRI scans are frequently used to evaluate the internal structures of the knee (you can read more about MRI here). A variety of trends have increased the use of MRI in evaluating joints - more sports activity, increase in obesity rates, and we've remained much more active into our later years than previous generations.

    If you've injured your knee or have chronic knee pain, your doctor will probably first order an x-ray. After an x-ray, an MRI may be needed to evaluate the internal structures of the knee. On your doctor's order for the MRI you might see:

    "r/o internal derangement" -  internal derangement is a general term referring to any type of injury/damage to the internal structures of the knee.

    "r/o ACL tear"- ACL refers to the anterior cruciate ligament. It is an important stabilizing ligament of the knee and is frequently damaged in twisting injuries.

    "r/o meniscus tear" - the meniscus (you have two per knee) is a disc-like structure that acts like a shock absorber between your femur (upper thigh bone) and the tibia (lower leg bone). These are the two bones that make up much of the knee joint.

    (FYI - "r/o" is short for "rule out")

    An MRI of the knee will evaluate:


    A knee MRI will include parts of the lower femur, upper tibia, upper fibula and the patella. The knee MRI can detect bone bruises, fractures, cysts, tumors, infection and dislocations. An MRI can also determine the extent of arthritis and assist in pre-operative planning.


    Knee MRIs are very good at looking at the cartilage of your knee. MRI can detect cartilage fraying (like frayed edges of jeans), fissuring (cracks, similar to a dry river bed), and defects (the cartilage is missing). Damaged cartilage can lead to arthritis.

    Tendons and Ligaments

    Your knee has a complex set of tendons and ligaments that an MRI can evaluate. In addition to the ACL, it can look for injury to the PCL (posterior cruciate ligament), medial and lateral collateral ligaments, the quadriceps and patellar tendons, popliteus tendon, among others. Any of these tendons and ligaments can be injured and the injury may only be seen on MRI.


    Each knee has two menisci (medial and lateral). MRI is quite good at looking for injury to these structures. Mensicus injuries include partial or complete tears and meniscal degeneration. Sometimes an MRI is ordered to look at re-injury even after you've had mensical surgery for a previous tear.

    Soft Tissues

    This refers to the muscles and tissues around your knee. A knee MRI scan will show parts of the thigh muscles and muscles of the upper calf area. The MRI can detect muscle tears, strains, tumors and infection. It can also detect a common fluid collection called a "Bakers' cyst". This is a joint fluid collection that can cause pain at the back of the knee.

    Your Knee MRI Scan

    A knee MRI generally takes about 20 minutes or so to complete. If you are going for one, wear loose comfortable clothing and remember to remove all metal (jewelry, phones, rings, etc) before going into the MRI scan room. If you're insured, you may need to have your test authorized (approved) by your insurance company first. If you're uninsured and need to look up prices and buy an MRI scan of the knee, you can use our website. Click here to see MRI scan costs.

    Have you had a Knee MRI scan? What was it like? Please leave your comments below.

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    I had an MRI of my left knee this afternooon after a snowboarding injury 5 weeks ago. It was terrifying and took about 30 mins. I have to say that I was delighted when it was over!  
    The nurse who did it was lovely and gave me a button to press in case I case I panicked, and headphones with the radio playing quite loudly - but those jack hammer type sounds still made my blood run cold! 
    I have been given the images on a CD to take to the doc when I go back in a few days time and they send the report directly thee. I would love to be able to know how to read them though as there is a lot of images which look like there is something very wrong - so I am just left to guess and speculate till my next visit to the Orthopaedic Surgeon. 
    PS: the MRI does not hurt at all - I was just freaked out by the noise and the fact that my whole body was in a magnetic chamber!

    posted @ Tuesday, March 10, 2009 3:48 PM by Sim

    I had a MRI done today on my right knee and leg. The MRI was done because I have been having pain in my knee and all around it. My leg right above my knee is quite a bit swollen and we (doc and I) have no idea what is going on. 
    Needless to say the procedure took about 35 mins. It was quite noisy at times. The nurse gave me some ear plugs which did not take all the noise away I could still hear everything. What made me nervous was the fact my leg kept twitching which they told me it was normal to do. The MRI blew cool air over my body which made me very comfortable.  
    I am hopeing to hear back soon on the results.

    posted @ Wednesday, July 15, 2009 4:03 PM by Kimberly Hill

    I've had multiple knee MRIs and they are completely painless. Sometimes they use what's called a "coil." The have you put your affected knee in a plastic contraption then close it. It doesn't hurt, isn't uncomfortable or anything. It just helps to focus the magnet on the knee. 
    Very useful diagnostic scan.

    posted @ Saturday, July 25, 2009 8:12 PM by HMK

    i had an mri on my left knee on 07/21/09 it want that bad they had headphone wiht music on to help drown out he noise and i was givien a panic button if i needed to get out the harest pat was tryignto hold your entire body still for that long it took about 15-20 minuets and was jsut my left knee but i was told i had to keep from movng my entire lower half and most of my upper half

    posted @ Tuesday, July 28, 2009 8:57 AM by david trussell

    My knee MRI was very painful . It hurt my back and my leg because I cannot lay flat on my back with my leg extended without further injury - and that's what the tech did despite telling her it was a problem. I finally said I couldn't go on so the study was not complete. I was in pain the next day. I need an MRI where I can sit - open MRIs do not allow for that. There is no problem with the noise or claustraphobia - it's the position that caused injury. I was quite annoyed that she complained about movement when I was being tortured. The tech needs to experience that kind of pain.

    posted @ Tuesday, August 11, 2009 10:59 PM by NancyB

    Oh heck, 
    i am due an mri scan a few days time, and reading some comments i'm dreading it now. Someone told me, that despite it being the knee that is to be scanned, one's whole body has to go into the thing.I don't know too about keeping entirely still, as i've spondylosis( spine) and am likely to suffer cramps of the legs, esp if have to elevate the leg; and if having to lie down for up to half an hour, i hope someone will give me a hand to get up again. So i might end up being in a right bonny state ( haha)  
    I've arthritis in various places other than the spine, e.g in feet(which could also go into cramps and spasms) and wrists and hands etc and my Dr and i now think it's in my knees too( hopefully the scan will show exactly what's going on) as a few weeks ago, i was in real bad pain in and around right knee, with a swelling the size of a large grapefruit to the side above the knee itself. At same time i kept having bad pain over the shin bone, very sore to touch or bide the bedclothes even touching skin. I checked this out on the internet and it appears that could have been "shin splints, but it seemed connected to the knee problem. Now the swelling has gone down, and much less painful and inflamed. So i am hoping that the scan doesn't make a complete fool of me in showing everything as normal. My own fault i guess if it does, as i ought to have gone to see a dr when it was quite bad and had the scan then. But i have been moving home, and had to visit new dr as a new patient routine thing, in order that i can have my repeat prescriptions. So because i had to go, i mentioned the trouble i'd had and Dr could see there was still some swelling (about half the size to what it had gotten to be when bad) and now there is still a collection of fluid, but obviously it is subsiding and getting better and i bet nothin's going to show up. Or maybe it has all been due to the spinal thing, because when it was bad, i had severe pain too down top half of leg also, like a pulling pain of the muscles, which hurt right up to the hip also. If something (muscle through the spine problem) caused all this carry on, i wonder if that would show up on the scan?  
    Does anyone know if nail varnish has to be removed for the scan? 
    I'll come back after it's over and be in better position then ( if i survive the experience :-D)to comment on it. Kindest and Good Luck to any others about to have the scan.

    posted @ Monday, September 14, 2009 3:57 PM by pennine

    Hi Pennie, had an MRI scan three days ago on my knee. Its really nothing to worry about. Your head DOES NOT go inside the scanner so it is not cloustrphobic at all. Excuse the spelling. Its just very noisy but nothing too bad. Good luck.

    posted @ Saturday, September 19, 2009 7:29 PM by Chris

    Hiya Chris, 
    Many Thanks:-)Hope all goes well with you and that scan will show what the bother with your knee is, and that it can be fixed to save you from being in pain/discomfort. If i'm not sounding too cheeky or imposing, i hope that you can drop a note into the forum here, when your results are known and how you come on in the near future with it (treatment, etc..) 
    i survived it, had it done same day as you wrote your message here. (Saturday 19th, just after lunchtime) and you were right, i didn't even go right into the drum. I think it was only for fifteen minutes too:-) I felt a bit guilty though, considering that many good people have to go all the way into the device. 
    If it is of any comfort to those who are facing going for a scan, i feel that passing a tip on which our kind & lovely postie passed onto me Saturday morning, might help. Having spondylosis of most of the spine( this damage was all found just with x rays, years ago) and arthritis in my feet- (and is now thought the knees also, hence the scan after recent swelling & inflamation which had brought on shin-splints also and swelling of parts of the leg)- i'm already bit slow in walking, usually with the aid of a walking crutch, so i have a notice pinned on my front door asking any callers if they could please give me enough time to answer the door. On Saturday morning the postie had to knock on my door as he had a parcel to hand to me. He joked on that i seemed a "bit quicker this morning" (i had been more nearer the door, more like it) and asked "had i been practising for the Great North Run" A big charity race event held over the weekend up here in the North-East of England. I laughed and said "more like i was bracing myself for the scan that day"(haha) Apparently he'd had one, but since it was in his body he'd had to go inside the drum. He advised me if this happened with me, that, there was a little window at the top of the scanner, where you can look out of and see the medics etc.. working in the office.I never got to go that far in to see this window, and maybe all devices aren't the same (the post-gent had his scan at same hospital [Darlington, UK] as i was booked in for.) But if there is a window in other scans, then i am passing this on, in hopes of helping others. It's advice which i was certainly going to act upon had i gone all the way inside it. 
    When the funny noises started up ( and just keep it in mind anyone else about to go for scan, thats all they are - just "funny noises") i felt like laughing at them. I suppose too, it's just the time factor, being aware of time, as you are lying there with nothing to do but keep still. I had already set for myself an exercise, to see how far i could count up too, during the whole period. I was aware that i was counting slower than the seconds and manage to get up to 400 and something. A memorized poem or verse could serve just as well, if just a verse, set yourself the task of seeing how many times you are going to be able to repeat it in your head. Once i was there though, i recall a lovely relaxation came over me, i'd imagine some forms of yoga or meditation being like it. My biggest fear was going to be the pain i usually have in my back and cramps, as is often the case at home in bed. But throughout, i had no pain or even sensation of my whole body at all, and lying so flat as that at home, for me is nigh impossible through the spinal bother.. It was as if Angels are in such places, instilling peace into us. 
    All The Very Best to you Chris & everyone else who've had or who are about to have a scan. 
    Kindest & God Bless from pennine

    posted @ Thursday, September 24, 2009 6:04 PM by pennine

    MRI's They need a video in the waiting room and someone needs to tell you to wear socks and soft comfy clothes, perhaps bring your own ear phones or plugs. SHEESH So here is my best idea as I had both knees done two weeks ago. One knee each day. 
    1. Please make sure the tech gets you really comfortable. I have a bad shoulder and the first time I thought I could just fold my hands and let it rest. Bad idea. At the end I was in shoulder pain and terrified to move even my upper body as I didn't want to ruin the picture. Also make sure that if it is a knee that they use a little cushion to give it support for hyper extending. My knee became far more swollen that night after I was home. Hyperextension really hurts it. 
    2) Good news is the machine sounds a bit like popping corn which is a lovely visual. Second time around and ready to go into a zen trance I played mental games with the bings and bongs. Colored popcorn in the pot layer by layer and then shook it up. Tried painting a water color of sunflowers lots of dots of paint. Last but not least thinking about all the colors in the crayon box. Start with 5 go to 8 if you make it to 64 you have won. My husband thinks he would work on option strategies UGH. Well to each their own. Hope this helps.

    posted @ Tuesday, October 06, 2009 11:33 AM by JoAnn Shaw

    I had an MRI on my knee 6 weeks ago - I loved it! Nice and relaxing. 
    Unfortunatley the MRI scan didn't help in wokring out what's wrong with the knee..

    posted @ Sunday, October 11, 2009 5:19 PM by Andy

    I had an MRI couple of days ago and it was terrifying with all the n0oise, i could hear it through the headphones :P 
    Anyways the results have come normal on both my knees, but they still hurt me and now i dont know what to do. I have been limited to walking rather then running etc because of the pain.. BUt was is it normal ? does the MRI also show nerves?

    posted @ Wednesday, October 28, 2009 3:06 AM by bonita

    Going for mri on knee in morning...just hope it shows nothing wrong. Injuried it standing up. its hurt a month now. Wondering what insurance is going to stick me with paying. Any ideas?

    posted @ Thursday, November 05, 2009 11:17 PM by Mickey

    For the last two months I've had pain around my left knee and thigh. Am finding it really painful to walk but I'm fine if I'm sitting and not too bad if I'm standing still. Has anyone experienced this at all? I'm off to the specialist in Jan. He will no doubt send me for a MRI. Hopefully that will give us some idea as to what's wrong.

    posted @ Thursday, November 19, 2009 4:03 AM by Debbie

    Just got my 2nd MRI this morning. My first MRI was 6 months ago, tore my patella tendon and acl in my right knee, doctor ordered a MRI right away to confirm if his diagnosis was correct, which it was.  
    Even though it was extremely painful for me to bend my knee, the MRI did not cause me any pain. It is loud and there is a bit of a vibration but it's actually kind of relaxing, reminds of riding in a helicopter, if the noises didn't change every couple of minutes I could probably fall asleep.  
    The MRI I had this morning was a lot louder, had to wear headsets on top of earplugs this time, but it wasn't too bad. The doctor wants to see how my meniscus and acl are doing now.  
    After I got my first MRI, I got a bill from the hospital for it saying it costed about $225 canadian, but my health insurance through work covered it. I'm not sure what the doctor was able to see from the MRI but it seemed to me that they were able to figure out what was wrong with my knee without it and ordered the MRI just in case.

    posted @ Monday, January 04, 2010 11:01 AM by Steve

    Thank you for this site! I had my 1st mri today 02/10/2010. last nite i googled mri scan knee and low and behold found this site... read every comment. helped make my first experience a lot easier, and yes i did count the time each scan took , as i could see the timer above me... sound was not bad, did wear socks, (thank you) I even told the teck that I had found this site and it was wonderful others had shared their experience with others. Thank you again for all who shared made it easier for me.... thanks!

    posted @ Wednesday, February 10, 2010 9:20 PM by Sherrain Glenn

    Hi all. I had my knee scan on 15th Feb 2010. I have had a previous scan on a shoulder injury so I knew the score. For all those of you that are researching prior to your first scan let me reassure you there is nothing to worry about. You feel nothing at all. The hardest part is keeping still. The more you think about keeping still the more you feel that your leg will twitch or move. So don’t think about it and you’ll be fine. Try to think about your next holiday destination or something similar, but you will probably end up counting ceiling tiles like everyone else - Lol. 
    I’ll explain the process so you know what to expect. Firstly when you go for your scan you will be asked to remove all metal objects from your person. This will usually include all metal zips, buckles, coins, Jewellery, etc. So help yourself and go prepared. Wear lightweight sports clothing (if you have it) containing no metal then you won’t need to wear one of those stupid gowns. You will be asked to lie on a retractable bed with the part of you that needs the scan in a set place. If you are asked if you would like ear defenders or music headphone I’d suggest accepting them. The noise of the vibrating scanner is somewhere between a Vacuum cleaner and a pneumatic road drill. So don’t jump when it all starts up! Also the operator can speak to you and make sure you are comfortable. Although my knee scan took approximately 20 minutes this was made up of multiples of 3 minute scans. Between each scan the operator came on for a chat to make sure all is well. After the scan I was given a CD containing the scanned images to give to my consultant, which I also copied to my laptop. It came with a runtime version of the viewing software. So I was able to have a nose at the scans. Hope your scans prove conclusive and a speedy recovery to you all. 

    posted @ Monday, February 22, 2010 5:56 AM by Ray Lewis

    Hi all, 
    can any body help me in my problem case.My right knee was broken 5 months ago and i had plaster (bnadage ) for 2 months,now leg bending is almost 90% complete but full extension is still the problem with hasn't stretched so far and i feel pain and eruption over and around my knee which is so irritating to me.bcoz of this my skin under knee is bcoming stiff too.i feel misalignment in my knee when i walk but doc say according to X-ray,evry thing is ok.when i use any jel or apply massage of olive oil,i feel comfortable for only short period of time. i am planing to have MRI during the coming weeks

    posted @ Monday, March 08, 2010 1:44 AM by Muhammad Naeem

    I had an MRI on my knee. I was warned about the noises and given ear plugs so they didn't bother me. In fact, I did relaxation exercies which helped me stay still and relax througout the whole procedure. Sadly, the results showed not only a level 2 tear of the ACL, but also torn meniscal tissue. Rough road ahead.

    posted @ Wednesday, March 10, 2010 7:52 AM by Jane

    I am terrified i am severely closterphobic and have trouble laying still could i just put my knee in, or do you think a cat scan could do the trick ive had a cat scan before thanks

    posted @ Monday, March 15, 2010 7:37 AM by penny

    Hi Penny, 
    A CT scan would not adequately evaluate your ligaments and menisci. Usually you are in the machine about up to your hip level for a knee MRI.

    posted @ Monday, March 15, 2010 11:42 AM by Ravi Sohal

    The 2 MRI I had, they only put me in up to my stomach. I just stared at a point in the ceiling and tried to focus on that and my breathing to keep my body as still as possible. I think they can give you something to help you relax if you let them know that you're nervous about small spaces, good luck Penny. 

    posted @ Monday, March 15, 2010 12:14 PM by Steve

    Hi Penny. It's very hard for someone that's not blighted with claustrophobia to appreciate what you are going through. If you would feel comfortable laying in the entrance to a tent with your upper body and head outside then you will be fine. Your knee is positioned over a support at a shallow angle and your lower leg is lightly weighted (about a Kilo) to resist small movements. I can assure you that you feel no sensation of the scan other than the noise. It's one of those times where you must push yourself to do this for sake of a speedy resolution. You aren't the first to feel you can't do this and I would assume it's quite common. Maybe the hospital runs a desensitising program where you can visit and familiarise yourself with the procedure. Make contact with the scan department and see if they can help? Good luck, hope all goes well with the knee.

    posted @ Monday, March 15, 2010 1:20 PM by Ray Lewis

    3/23/10 Had MRI today on right knee 
    and felt nothing - loud noise but earphones helped a lot. If you need one (1), please don't be afraid as it will help your Doctor diagnose your knee problem. Go for it!!!!!!!!!

    posted @ Tuesday, March 23, 2010 3:16 PM by edith

    Hi All 
    I would do the MRI insted of the CT. I just did one last week at this place in Santa Clarita, its little north of the Valley 
    their cash price is great and very nice friendly staff there. you should check them out their website

    posted @ Wednesday, March 24, 2010 6:03 PM by Daniella Fernini

    I just had an MRI on my left knee this morning. The Tech was super nice, relaxing made sure i was comfortable - there was a pillow underneath my knee as (like another person says) it gets sore if its extended, and i was given ear plugs and a blanket as it blows cold air. However, it was a very weird feeling - it vibrated so much my leg started to twitch, which wasn't good. The ear plugs didn't drown out the sound very much and i was left with a banging headache. I was worried about being enclosd so as soon as i went in, i closed my eyes and didn't open them again until it was all over. Didn't hink it was bad, just a weird feeling and definately not painful.

    posted @ Sunday, April 04, 2010 1:26 PM by JENNY

    do you feel anything during an MRI, what about having tattoos, i have 3 (lower back, foot, and shoulder) i need MRI on right knee, does tattoos affect it

    posted @ Monday, April 19, 2010 1:44 PM by jenn

    Tattoos shouldn't affect it. The only thing that would affect it is metal. I had some metal in my right knee and shin bone from a previous surgery, I didn't feel anything when they rescanned my knee with the MRI. I was told that the metal may cause some distortion around it. 
    If you have a pacemaker or metal in your eye than that's a different story. 
    I'm pretty sure you'll have to remove any piercings too. Hope that helps.

    posted @ Monday, April 19, 2010 9:30 PM by Steve

    I just had an mRI for my knee, and although it was loud, I actually fell asleep more than once! They give you earplugs and earphones, and it doesn't hurt at all.

    posted @ Thursday, April 22, 2010 6:07 AM by Shelley

    Just had a laying down x ray, came back normal. Then hada standing up knee xray came back abnormal ( deviated patella) Now I had a laying down mri and its showing up normal... very frustrated. I that laying down does not show my injury only standing up? Anyone had this problem or any advice

    posted @ Monday, May 10, 2010 4:58 PM by Frances Mora

    I'm not surprised to hear that. A standing x-ray places a completely different set of forces on your knee. Have you talked to an orthopedic surgeon or a sports medicine doctor?

    posted @ Tuesday, May 11, 2010 1:21 PM by Ravi Sohal

    Yes I have gone to an orthopedic he is the one who referred me to the mri. I am going to back into his office to discuss the results of the "normal mri" I am scared that he is going to say that it came back normal because it really is normal.... bla bla... IM JUST REALLY TIRED AND want to get better. I do think thought that the laying down mri showing normal might mean that there is not too much damage since it didnt pick anything up but I guess I have to wait and see...

    posted @ Tuesday, May 11, 2010 1:56 PM by Frances Mora

    I had an MRI scan last week and I'm looking at the DVD that they gave me, i see barley any difference but I'm still very swollen.

    posted @ Tuesday, May 18, 2010 7:17 PM by Lucy

    I am having both knees done tomorrow evening and after reading the blogs dont feel concerned at all, more worried about the cost. I have both knees worrying me, cant squat without severe pain,and sometimes have trouble with walking without a struggle, so hope the MRI shows my problem.

    posted @ Tuesday, May 25, 2010 12:43 AM by Robyn

    I've had a couple of MRI's over the years -- shoulder and also lumbar and sacrum -- and there's nothing to be scared of are you kidding me? What a bunch of fradie cats! I love MRI's just for all the attention of going to the doctor and flirting with the nurses. I need one of my knee. I will probably be doing that pretty soon. The noise is probably the most objectionable part. These machines gotta make noise -- sort of a pulsating sound -- that's how they work. You should use both ear plugs and the earphone type hearing protectors. Maybe you can find some ear plugs in the drug store before you go in in case they only have the ear phone type.

    posted @ Monday, June 21, 2010 10:09 PM by Jack

    I am very very claustrophobic. I had an MRI done on my right knee about a month ago, in an open MRI. 
    My knee was held in place, connected to the table, so I was unable to get up, but my head was outside of the machine. The nurse gave me a handheld device that I could use to immediately contact her and she assured me that I would be taken out of the machine if I needed to get out. 
    Just knowing you CAN get out, helps. 
    It was 30 min. of lying perfectly still and very uncomfortable. You want to arrange your body to be comfortable but that blows the test. 
    SO, I pulled on my inner strength (and we all have it)and watched the clock above me and counted the clicks or whatever the noise being made is. I kept thinking I do NOT want to have gone this far for nothing, not to mention the co-pay. 
    There are a whole lot of things worse than lying still for 30 minutes. Deep breathe, think about nice things, go someplace else in your head, count down the seconds and then minutes. 
    It passes. You get the results. 
    Do NOT try to read them and analyze them as one poster did. I used to go home after every mammogram and google images and think I had seen something horrible on the film. 
    It'll be fine.  
    In the end, I was told to take advil and use a brace. 

    posted @ Thursday, June 24, 2010 3:34 PM by Diane

    Just had an MRI of the right Knee....It was fine I didn't use the headphones or earplugs, the noise are not that bad. I actually fell asleep for a bit, I think the worst part is trying to not move your Knee at all.

    posted @ Friday, June 25, 2010 11:39 PM by Keith

    Hi....really helpful reading all posts. Am in new Zealand. Suffer fron sero-negative ra and am needing an MRi. Oh joy first one they gave had me fully incased and it was there i deiscovered i had Claustrophobia - ok many sedatives later i become like a some temper tantrum child on a psychotic break. So next time round they try hypnoval - the forget it happened drug....ok i forgot it but apparently Claustrophobia laughs in the face of that drug. 
    So here i sit in hospital for my usual ra treatmentsd and like some never ending dream they decide i need a MRI. I of course bravely scream NO but they say i only have to stick my leg in up to the here goes.....will pop back and update...wish me luck.

    posted @ Sunday, July 04, 2010 11:55 PM by Rochelle

    what is the actual cost of knee mri

    posted @ Tuesday, July 06, 2010 10:40 PM by charanjeet singh

    MRI prices vary by location. You can look up MRI prices on the main

    posted @ Tuesday, July 06, 2010 11:48 PM by Ravi Sohal

    I had an MRI on my left knee last week. I had to change into a pair of scrubs (they would make nice PJ's for the winter). I hopped up on to the table and my leg was put in some sort of cage. Laid down and then put into the MRI up to my elbows. Given ear defenders thank goodness as it was very loud. The first couple of minutes were a bit freaky but once I calmed myself down I could've nodded off. It took about 30 mins to complete, in 3/4/5 minute batches. When I got up my back was hurting more than my knee, I guess it was having to lay still for that long. I did'nt receive any results that day, got to wait another 3 weeks to see the Consulant to see if I've torn my lateral meniscus.

    posted @ Sunday, August 15, 2010 3:02 PM by Kyla


    posted @ Monday, August 16, 2010 7:00 AM by claudia

    If you are anxious and especially claustrophobic as I am ask the nurse ahead of time for Xanax to relax you. Had mine today, and though I was still awake I was relaxed and breezed right through it / Yeah !!! You will need a driver to be with you. Ask when you are making your appt. God Bless you all

    posted @ Saturday, August 28, 2010 1:51 AM by anne

    I am the biggest baby on earth,dentist,giving blood,or any needles....But...I had MRI yesterday on rt knee.head does not go in...I thought it was a piece of cake..yes it was a little loud,and you have to stay still,but I just closed my eyes and it was over in no time...I have alot of pain in my knee don't know I was happy to get the find out why ...if you ask me the only pain or thing that will bother me is when you get the BILL!!!!!

    posted @ Wednesday, September 01, 2010 5:22 PM by Kathie

    If you are afraid of the MRI (tube) ask for an OPEN MRI...much better and you eliminate that coffin tube your body travels through... If its for a knee only you knee goes into the tube...For full body..ask for the OPEN MRI

    posted @ Saturday, September 04, 2010 8:45 PM by Cutiepqqtm

    I've had 2 MRIs in the last month, one for my right shoulder and one for my right knee. I honestly can say that I didn't enjoy them, but the technicians that did them did try to make it as comfortable as possible. My situation is such that it is difficult for me to stay still and I have involuntary movement happening, so it was not the most relaxing experience. During the knee scan, it was like I could feel the magnetic field going through my joint...but it wasn't too bad. 
    If you are getting an MRI and you're nervous, don't be. While you are in there, it is best to take deep, deep breaths (this does not affect the scan) and think about everything you never give yourself time to think about otherwise, like what you should change the next time you get your hair done, or where to take your next vacation, or whether you should get a deep tissue or a hot stone massage on the way home. 
    It is noisy, but if you make an effort not to think about what's happening, the time will go by faster.  
    Just make sure not to move.

    posted @ Monday, September 06, 2010 12:09 AM by Kris

    You are all so lucky! I've been having knee issues since i was 5 (i'm now 27) and my doctors refuse to believe there is a problem! I've always been referred to a foot specialist as they believe the issue lies there! 
    I have (since saturday) been in chronic pain with my knee and have been given painkillers but still i am being refused an mri - they have given me a note to get an Xray but its at a walk-in clinic so there is no appointment! 
    I wish my doctors were treating me as well as you all have been am in a lot of pain :-( 

    posted @ Friday, September 17, 2010 5:26 AM by Hannah

    Thanks for all of the advice! I go Tuesday 9/28 for MRI on left knee.I'm not too happy from alot of things I've heard about the MRI machine. The tech said for a knee, that my head would not be in the machine. 
    Guess I have to wait and see and hope for the best. This knee hasn't been right in a few months, so hopefully this will solve the mystery of the pain I have in it. 
    I'll let you know how I do, and how the test went!

    posted @ Saturday, September 25, 2010 3:58 PM by Debbie

    I dislocated me knee for the 4th time and since nothing was broken (thank God), my doc still advised me to do MRI scan, just in case I damaged any tissue or muscle. 
    I was a bit worried when I first found out what it was, but after reading all these comments, Im a lot more relieved I have to say. 
    What worries me now is, how much does it actually cost? Would the cost be covered by insurance at all, if the accident happened at work?

    posted @ Wednesday, October 13, 2010 9:26 AM by Mirka

    I had an MRI yesterday for my knee. It was painless. Your head does NOT go into the "tube". You hear a lot of different sounds, and at one point it even feels like a total body massage! You have to remain completely still throughout the process, which took about 25 minutes for me. I had soft headphones that filtered the sound, and through which the technician could speak to me. No panic button necessary since my head and part of my chest were outside the machine.

    posted @ Thursday, October 14, 2010 7:47 AM by Pain Free

    For all of you with so many problems..... why is it that you do not speak to your doctor about issues and concerns BEFORE the MRI???? They ask before if you have any problems and are claustrophobic, things like that, and are more than willing to give a sedative and or pain killers before hand. Honestly theres really no excuses for so many issues other than you didn't speak with your doctor and headed here instead to complian. I have to have them regularly and with good communication have not had an issue even though my heart condition is such that my heart nearly flat lines laying on my back. They can monitor any issue you have and work with you to make it more comfortable as long as you speak up FIRST! I've seen many children that don't complain half as much as adults, your doctors are people and most of the issues I've seen are because people think they can't talk to their doctor like they're humans as well.

    posted @ Thursday, October 14, 2010 10:04 AM by julie

    What is scary is how all of you here are trying to one eachother on how scary this procedure is and freak anyone facing it out! COME ON! What is wrong with you people! for gods sake you sit in a bed for 20 minutes and lay there. you must all be horrible abck seat drivers when you aren't the ones in charge! yes it is loud but jeezzz have em knock you out if your such babies!

    posted @ Thursday, October 14, 2010 10:07 AM by julie

    Whats your problem Julie? OK some people have issues with confined spaces, does that really justify you calling them babies!? I bet you are a bundle of joy to work with and I just hope you are not in the nursing profession!

    posted @ Sunday, October 17, 2010 1:39 PM by kyla

    Learning about someone else's experiences has made me feel better. I am not so lost about what to expect and is more prepared. So THANK YOU everyone who has taken the time to share. You've given some peace of mind and bought about some much needed comfort. Thanks.

    posted @ Tuesday, October 26, 2010 9:59 AM by gc

    I had an MRI on my knee on saturday, even though I was nervous about it, it wasn't as bad as you may seem.  
    They give you earphones to wear and a buzzer if you freak out and even though I was unlucky and didn't have any music going through my ears, they still drained the sound of the scan.  
    the noises can make you nervous, because when your in there your not sure whats going on and what they are scanning next however its over before you know it and its well worth doing if you are injured.  
    I will find out my results in 7-10 days, I'm worried what the outcome may be but you have to look on the bright side :D

    posted @ Monday, November 15, 2010 10:23 AM by LadyCobar

    I had an MRI for my knee last week - it was absolutely fine other than as soon as it started I developed itches in my ear, nose and eyelids! Couldn't move ... just had to endure it. Managed to stay still for the 30 minutes or so. Have to have an op to remove some cartilege which has got stuck under my knee but having it on Dec 23 which means I won't be able to do any festive cooking! Hooray!

    posted @ Monday, November 29, 2010 2:28 PM by Lorain

    I have had several of these MRIs and they are just noisy. It can be painful only if the affected area has to be in a certain unfriendly position. Otherwise there is nothing to it. Usually they give you a button to press so you can talk to them. The shoulder MRI was the worse because my head was in the donut. I think after reading the articles I need a new MRI. I think there is ligament damage now. Glad to know all the things an MRI can show. There is nothing to be afraid of.

    posted @ Wednesday, December 15, 2010 7:49 PM by Old Goat

    I had an MRI done today on both my right and left knee, was not bad at all. Yes, the machine is quite noisy but i received headphones with music that blocked out most of the noise. It took about 30 minutes for each knee, was not painful to me at all. They gave me a blanket in case i got cold and a button to press if i needed anything.

    posted @ Saturday, January 15, 2011 12:49 PM by Caitlin

    I had an MRI on my left knee today.Instead of a full body scanner, it was just for limbs.Sat in a comfy chair with my leg in the scanner, other leg at 90 degrees resting on a chair(very ladylike!)Took 50 they not have these outside of Denmark, for the people with claustophobia?

    posted @ Friday, February 04, 2011 1:08 PM by Nicky

    i read some of your comments and a MRI isnt bad at all i had to go for a scan in my pelvis area and only my legs went into the chamber and the only thing thats bad is the noise i made up a song out of that irritating beat! i was 15 years old and scared out of my mind but it's not bad at all! just relax and enjoy the irritating buzz sound!!

    posted @ Sunday, March 06, 2011 3:16 AM by Leona Bothma

    Left knee MRI after a fall on the ice in February. Have had extreme pain for two months, x-ray showed nothing, hoping MRI will. I was in the machine for 30 minutes for a series of 8. I noticed the first series, I could feel. But, the seventh really was uncomfortable and was glad when it was over. I mentioned this experience to the tech and she said, others have mentioned that they feel some discomfort too.

    posted @ Monday, March 28, 2011 10:27 AM by Alexiss

    Left knee joint crackling when I bent it to down stairs or just bent down for awhile. During runs knee join hurts and can't get a good stride and start feeling sharp pain.

    posted @ Friday, May 13, 2011 4:15 PM by jose

    hey y'all 
    im waiting for an appointment to come through for an mri on my left knee  
    i have braces will that affect anything ? 
    any help would be appreciated x x x x x x

    posted @ Tuesday, May 17, 2011 7:28 AM by sophie beak

    I'm going to the doctor's office for a MRI on my knee the 25th i've never had one before any suggestions on how to get through it.

    posted @ Thursday, May 19, 2011 12:48 PM by shauntae clopton

    Dental braces won't have any effect on an MRI of the knee.

    posted @ Thursday, May 19, 2011 6:02 PM by Ravi Sohal

    I had an MRI on my right knee about 45 minutes ago. It was one of the easiest procedures that I have ever had done. It made a lot of noise, but that is about it. Only Pink Floyd style sounds, it actually almost put me to sleep. Don't worry if you are going to have one.

    posted @ Monday, June 20, 2011 5:47 AM by Rock

    Hi, had a MRI scan yesterday in a closed machine. I am extremely claustrophobic hence I told I cannot go completely inside a machine. They assured me that I would go in until chest. So I went in and yes, there were some sounds but the head phones they have given blocked out 75% of the noise. Have to meet doctor to know the update. But Radiologist has told me that he suspects a ACL tear. So much for all the fuss. I would meet doctor and find out about Surgery. Thanks for all the info.

    posted @ Thursday, June 23, 2011 12:57 AM by Anil

    I had a brain MRI (have had cancer and they were checking for tumor which I thankfully didn't have). I will have another one on both knees soon. On the 1st MRI I was inserted into the tube head first and it took about 35-45 minutes. There is great airflow and I had music to listen to. I was going to sleep because it was so comfortable, no problem at all.

    posted @ Thursday, July 21, 2011 10:46 AM by John B

    I had an MRI of my knee several weeks ago. My surgeon ordered one to rule out torn meniscus. The MRI came back clean, no torn meniscus, no ligament damage. Doctor said I need rehab and OTC meds. Knee is still killing me, and now I have sciatica and my toes are going numb. But I digress. 
    My MRI experience was great compared to the MRI I had of my shoulder back in 1995. That was a nightmare!! In '95 the test took 45 minutes and the tech constantly complained about movement. Not easy lying as still as a corpse in a coffin with jackhammers banging away all around your head. They should stick the techs in the MRI machine for an hour and tell them not to move, see how well they make out. No empathy whatsoever. 
    My recent test was 10,000% better. It took 20 minutes and I went into the machine up to my chest, no further. This time the tech game me state of the art hearing protection to wear. It make a huge difference in the quality of the experience. 
    Techs who do this for a living need to understand the test can be downright frightening for patients, and they need to ease up on people who are in pain and stop complaining when the patient moves around so much. 
    Although my second MRI experience was much better than my first, I would not want to have an MRI of any part of my body above my knee. The machine is much too narrow and it makes you feel like you're being buried alive. But I am grateful we have the technology to help physicians rule out certain things instead of performing exploratory surgery.

    posted @ Tuesday, August 09, 2011 10:32 AM by Larry

    I am booked in to have a scan on Saturday! But last night I hurt my knee again playing with my dog. Does anyone know if it matters if you have an MRI with a swollen knee?? 

    posted @ Thursday, August 25, 2011 6:16 AM by Michelle

    I had a total(L)knee replacement in 2005. I will be having my (R)knee replaced in December. I have to have an MRI prior to surgery on my Right knee. A friend told me that I should not have an MRI since I already have an artifical knee. Is this correct? Please respond. Thanks

    posted @ Tuesday, September 27, 2011 7:08 PM by Margaret Ann Maisel

    I had my MRI 5th Oct. I was so worried because apart from fear of small places i was concerned about keeping still. However my head was left out of the scanner & the noise didnt bother me. Keeping still was a problem but i just kept thinking i was shopping at my local Asda's and took myself down each aisle. Plus i thought of what to buy family & friends for Xmas. Before i knew it i heard those great words "All done". If i had to have another MRI it wouldnt bother me at all.

    posted @ Saturday, October 08, 2011 6:57 AM by Ann Hunt

    I have had several MRI's done and they are not painful at all. Holding still only makes the process go by faster. Frankly it's a great way to catch up on some sleep. The noise is very monotonous but with ear plugs and headphones it’s not that bad. Also if there is pain it isn't due to the MRI it has to be from the injury itself. The MRI does nothing but scan the area in question.

    posted @ Wednesday, October 12, 2011 9:37 PM by KCISME

    I was scheduled for an MRI of my right knee last Friday. Could not complete due to my right knee not laying completely flat w/o terrible pain. Not sure why my doctor didn't send me with pain meds? Tech was really nice and told me I would need pain meds in order to complete the 25 minutes in the MRI machine. I got pain meds and go back tomorrow. Don't criticize people with pain. Being confined to a motionless state for 25 minutes can be excrutiating when you are in severe pain. I had rotator cuff tear 8 yrs ago and had no trouble at all being all the way in the MRI machine, however, holding you leg perfectly still when you can neither lay it flat and it hurts constantly is a real challenge. I am praying that the pain meds help this time.

    posted @ Monday, November 21, 2011 5:37 AM by Joy

    My son (age 11) had an mri scan this morning of his knee . He was scared at first but he soon relaxed and afterwards said he would happily have it done again as it didnt hurt at all.

    posted @ Saturday, December 03, 2011 3:41 PM by julie

    I'm having a mri scan in 2 days... I'm really scared about having it. I'm 12 years old (13 in 4 days) and i really don't know what to expect... 
    I have had a pulled lingament and been on crutches for 7 weeks, but its still not better- so my doctor said I should get a private MRI because NHS would take about 2 weeks to get... 
    I don't know what to wear, if i should bring my own music.... everything really... 
    Please explain to me all about it... 
    Also if I was having a knee mri would I have to go all the way in, because I don't like small spaces!  

    posted @ Monday, December 12, 2011 1:18 PM by Gabby

    I had an mri of my right knee the other day, i was very nervous while i was sitting in the waiting room, but when the guy came out to get me, i wasnt nervous any more bc he was cute. lol when i git in the room they made sure i didnt have any meatl or electronics, then the placed me on the bed, they layed me on it backwards so my head did not have to enter the machine, which was nice they gave me something to squeeze in case i needed anything, they gave me ear plugs, and told me to lay still. it took about 25 mins to complete it was very noisy, but not scary at all. the only hard part was lying still and not moving.

    posted @ Sunday, January 15, 2012 1:37 PM by rachel

    You people must be joking there was nothing to a MRI. Put in in the machine and asked what music I like.The started up some Jimmy Buffett and I went to my happy place and never felt athing

    posted @ Tuesday, January 17, 2012 9:13 AM by sam guinta

    Went for mri last year... After suffering with knee pain since i was around 10.. I amb now 25. Was told cartiledge damage then this has developed into mild arthritis. Had op (keyhole surg) and told to exercise for 6 months and now the knee is worse than before my op :( mri again this week but all in all they are not a bad experience, bit loud but cant complain when they are trying their best to find out whats going on in the knees :s

    posted @ Monday, January 23, 2012 11:29 AM by lauren

    I have to get an MRI on my left knee. I am claustrophic. Does anyone know which is better: an open MRI or an Espree MRI? The Espree is closed, but larger around and it takes a few minutes less time to do. Help!

    posted @ Wednesday, February 22, 2012 2:09 PM by Janice

    Im having mri 2moro on my left+right knee. Been having pains since i was 13+im now 35. Also have pain in my wrists+thumbs for the last year. Family members have osteoarthritus so mite be that. Bit nervous but have been fobbed off wiv growing pains+nothing wrong for 20 years

    posted @ Thursday, March 08, 2012 4:24 PM by Sue lea

    I have been having knee pain since 97/98 i receieved any injury to the medial side of my right knee. I have been to the GP a few times and they just wrote "knee sprain" in the notes and sent me to physio. 
    In nov/dec 2011 my hips started clicking so i went back to the GP, who, you guessed it, sent me for more physio. First appt with physio she did an ACL cranial draw test which was positive, plus with my long history and re-occurance she is writing a letter to refer me for an MRI.  
    She wants to know if I have damaged my MCL, meniscus, cartilage and how bac my ACL is.  
    It has only taken 14yrs to get to the bottom of my knee problem. I am on glucosamine very day, cant survive without it and I am 24! 
    Will post once i have had my MRI :)

    posted @ Tuesday, March 27, 2012 3:25 PM by Sara

    i'd rather have a million mri's than the pain in my left knee

    posted @ Wednesday, March 28, 2012 4:36 AM by roger simpson

    There are extremity MRIs available. I just had one done on my knee yesterday. The machine is much smaller, and you simply put your leg in the tunnel. 
    I liked the experience. I'm always down for whatever the doctor orders. I am a bit more fearful now though, after reading some of the lifelong problems that can be identified through the MRI results...

    posted @ Tuesday, April 10, 2012 8:48 PM by Margo

    REALLY scared for MRI of my left knee and left ankle today :( Had severed my patella tendon at age 14 rope swinging. I'm now 36 and having a lot of problems with it and my achilles tendon. UGH! I hate MRI's. I'm overweight and claustophobic. I plan to take plenty of Ativan before my procedures as they said they will be 45 min. each. That's 1 hour 30 minutes in a tube. :( Please pray for me! Blessings, Heather

    posted @ Tuesday, April 17, 2012 9:50 AM by Heather

    I'm 16 and I'm going for my <first> MRI scan on my right knee today after a fall on the ice on December 1st 2011, and I'm not too worried about it! I'm sure it'll be fine and most of the comments here are very reassuring. Thanks to everyone who posted because you have calmed me down! :)

    posted @ Thursday, April 19, 2012 4:28 AM by Lisa-Marie

    Just came out of a 45 min MRI on my left knee for torn meniscus. Can't straighten the leg completely so it was propped and I thought it would be fine but periodically the vibrations would hit just exactly the wrong spot and/or a muscle would relax just a little more and put more pressure on the joint and by the end of it I was practically in tears with the need to stay completely still. If I were going to do it again I'd take pain killers ahead of time. The noises didn't bother me and I didn't feel closed in but I hadn't realized how much I'd relied on micro- movements to ease pain in that knee until I was forced to keep it absolutely still. Thankful to have it done and look forward to reviewing the results with my doc but it definitely took far more out of me than I'd expected.

    posted @ Thursday, April 19, 2012 10:32 AM by Steph

    My mother have some joints pain from several years. After many medical treatments she didn't feel any relief and now she feels more problem in waking and standing. so please tell me should i go for her MRI test of bones on not? 

    posted @ Tuesday, April 24, 2012 12:44 PM by Hammad

    I have to agree with the few others who found that the MRI for the knee was very painful. I have a torn meniscus and the angle I had to keep my knee in for those 15-20 min was the most painful position. I had them start over once, but even after some adjusting, it just was very painful. I wasn't expecting it to take that long. If I had to do it again, I would make sure to take as much time as I needed to ensure a comfortable position. It was so bad, I'm afraid the tear got worse! I was grateful for all the noise, it helped keep my mind off the pain.

    posted @ Thursday, May 03, 2012 8:52 PM by Ellen

    im getting an mri on wedensday and im very scared. i dont know what way to go into the mri scan. im getting it done on my left knee as i injured it a year ago and is a bad as ever, im scared of sounds, and have issues with loud noises. i dont know what to do!

    posted @ Saturday, May 19, 2012 12:57 PM by emma

    i had a mri scan yesterday ,i was abit worried worried at first ,but wasnt at all bad ,it was very noisy ,and keeping still for the 45 mins was quite hard ,just hope it shows why my knees having trouble .....i can see why its scary to children as the noise level is quite loud ,but i felt quite sleepy tbh

    posted @ Thursday, June 28, 2012 1:02 PM by helen

    Thanks so much to the people who had been through a knee MRI and posted their experiences. I'm very claustrophobic and hate lying still but glad to know my head won't go in. (Did MRI once where head had to go in, was in open machine but still, argh, but music headphones did help and a cool damp washcloth over my eyes that nice tech suggested.) Thanks for all suggestions and tips like socks and taking time to get as comfy position as possible. I had my doctor give me a script for one Ativan and mean to take that half-hour before (hubby driving me) and hope all will be fine. MRI is later today. Scared but more prepared this time. The people scolding others about fear ought to be ashamed. We all have fears about something, things or situations that give us anxiety. It's inhuman to make light of anyone's suffering.

    posted @ Saturday, September 01, 2012 5:44 AM by Darlene

    Had MRI today on right knee, nothing to it.. 
    Not that noisy, I asked for music headphones which was a good choice, could still hear magnets, but not worrying at all.. Went in up to waist.. Was fairly cold in there but had blankets so was fine, was dropping off to sleep to be honest, nothing to worry about at all, enjoyed the experience..

    posted @ Tuesday, December 04, 2012 6:13 PM by Mark

    had scan on my knee on monday 28th of jan 2013, found it very unconfortable as i have to keep moving my leg around but the nurse told me off about that and that i must keep completely still, my hospital doesnt have nice surround sounds just got given some ear plugs, there is alot clanking and funny noises, but the worse thing i found was completely sitting still, get my results on 11th feb 2013, hopefully might decide to give me a new knee

    posted @ Wednesday, January 30, 2013 10:58 AM by caroline wiltshire

    Hello. Was wondering if scar tissue would show up on an MRI. Had my MRI done today. Had surgery on Oct.17th. Knee is completely stiff. Walking on crutches since then. ROM is terrible. Been to pt for 3 months.

    posted @ Saturday, February 09, 2013 9:31 PM by elizabeth simms

    Hi, I'm going for my scan tomorrow. I'm not bothered about it. But was wondering if all the body goes in scanner but after reading all your messages I see that your head don't. I'm quite looking forward to it as I need to know what is wrong with my knee. I have suffered on and off for nine years after I fell over my dog. ( bless her ). Pain came and went several times over the years but this time I've been suffering for over a year. I am in pain every day and i cant straighten my leg. Every now nd then through out the day i get a sharp pain shoot up behind my knee and also when i twist it the pain is unbareable. My gp gave me pain killers, then anti inflameorties then had X-ray which he said I had mild wear and tear. Then he sent me to physio which they said my muscles where too tight. And then in jan I was sent to an extended scope physiotherapist. Which she said it was not mild wear and tear but worse and could not believe dr had left me this long. So now I will have my scan and hopefully find out what is wrong. I will be seeing surgeon end of April. Wish it was sooner.

    posted @ Thursday, March 07, 2013 4:45 PM by Wendy Leicester

    I had my 4th MRI today (all on my knees), and I have to say the techology has greatly improved since my first one in 1998. For the first three I was lying down, the knee getting the MRI was imobilized with hard pillows, I had the ear-plugs,and only my head was sticking out of the machine. At my MRI today I was told to sit in a chair and take my shoes off. I was then pushed to the machine, where only my injured leg was placed in the imagining machine; my other leg was propped up on a stool next to the machine. Padding was then placed around my leg to keep it still. It took as long as the previous times, but I was a lot more comfortable. The jack-hammering sounds were still there, but they did not seem as loud to me. 
    P.S. The great thing about the new technology is I got to walk out of the imaging office with a DVD of the MRI.

    posted @ Wednesday, March 20, 2013 1:43 PM by Peg Kendrick

    I had an MRI 2 days ago. I have to say that I loved it. I was up to my chest in the machine. The ceiling lights were painted with clouds. Those noises that everyone seems to complain about - they were amazing, a real mechanical sympony. I spent my time listening to them - a wonderful collection of tempos, tones, and patterns. The tech was very kind and careful and I didn't experience any pain during the MRI. I did get a DVD afterwards, but I haven't a clue what anything is supposed to look like, it all looks like tissue to me, so I'll have to wait 2-4 weeks for the analysis.

    posted @ Saturday, April 06, 2013 12:38 PM by Cecilia Cohen

    I had an MRI of my left knee a couple weeks ago because I tore my MCL and also have subluxation (partial dislocation) with my fibula which is a huge problem especially since I'm a dancer. I did not have to go all the way in, probably around my hips and above was out which was fine. They gave me a change of clothes to wear (which were huge, very baggy) and headphones to block out the noise which I didn't find that loud. It took about 25 minutes to complete and they had the time shown on the machine in 2-4 minute segments. I closed my eyes which allowed me to calm down a little more, but I was afraid of falling asleep since it was 7:30 am. 
    Does anyone know how long it takes to get the results? And will I have to go to my family doctor or the doctor that did the MRI?

    posted @ Tuesday, May 21, 2013 11:22 PM by Esther

    Well I had an MRI scan of my left knee yesterday, what a terrible experience!!! Nothing to do with the machine or noise, that was tolerable, the problem was they think I have a bucket handle meniscus tear and anterior cruciate ligament tear that I suffered from playing football. I can't bend my leg more that 45 degrees comfortably and it had to be completely straightened and put in a case for the test. 20 minutes of that, with no anaesthetic, was sheer agony.  
    I hope no one has to go through an experience like that. As for space and what not, it wasn't too claustrophobic, I had my body up to tummy button probably in the machine. 
    Hopefully the test is worth it!!!

    posted @ Friday, May 31, 2013 11:07 AM by Ben

    If your nervous of your mri just ask the ordering Dr. for a sedative and they usualley give you a few. One or two for the night before and the same for the day of the mri.I actually like the strang sounds but my kids chose sedatives. You have a button ti push fir emergencey. The mri itself is painless as I've had four but the cup they laced on my shoulder and wedged it in hurt like hell. Rotator cuff mri are painfull.

    posted @ Thursday, July 04, 2013 4:49 PM by Robert Croon

    I had Mri for my lt knee to r/o meniscus injury yesterday.the room was cool and comfortable .the hammer like sound kept me concious about this scan and was not so much annoying.i want consult with orthopedic knee surgeon and I can semantic my MRI by email

    posted @ Friday, July 19, 2013 7:35 AM by Nematollah

    Had my MRI scan today on my right knee and just want to reassure people waiting to have this done that it is a very simple procedure and does not mean your whole body is placed in machine....I was able to keep my jeans,necklace earrings etc on,my head,shoulders,arms etc were all outside, it is quite loud but you will be given ear-phones to listen to nice relaxing music,mine took about 15 minutes at the most, I was most worried about keeping my leg still (very painful ) but it was placed in a support so had no need to worry.....I am a very nervous person and when I had a scan on my other near years ago had asked for medication to calm my nerves...took my husband with me and he whispered in my ear when it started that I could open my eyes as my head wasn't even in the machine ! Needless to say I really hadn't needed to be worried at all...hope this puts some minds at'll be fine.

    posted @ Friday, August 16, 2013 4:53 PM by Carol

    Had MRI scan on knee due to constant pain over last couple of months - had previous football injury many years ago and had debris removed from around knee as kept collapsing under me. 
    Did not know what to expect upon arrival and felt comfortable , however, upon laying flat on the apparatus I came over very queasy so much so that had to bring to the attention of the nurse ( think it was as was laying flat) - anyway had headphones on and decided to close eyes to relax for the 15 minutes I was there for. 
    Granted was not fully in as was only my knee but would have been nice to have been told that from outset. 
    Yes could hear noise even with music playing through headphones but bearable for time you were there. 
    Might think twice if was fully in.

    posted @ Wednesday, August 28, 2013 5:22 PM by Dave Smith

    Had MRI done yesterday for low back & hip pain. Went all the way into the tube. Kept my eyes closed the whole time so I didn't see how closed in I was. They put head phones on me with music. I almost fell asleep if it wasn't for the noise of the machine. Sounds like a really fast jack hammer at times. Had to lie on back which was uncomfortable. They put a wedge under my legs to take the pressure off my lower back. Was a little uncomfortable but got through it. They also gave me a panic button to push if I started having problems during the test. That was nice to have that peace of mind. The test took about 30 minutes. Make sure you take off everything metal or you think might be metal.

    posted @ Tuesday, October 22, 2013 11:44 AM by Teresa Ziegler

    had a mri on my right knee twice in a year after cutting up 2 tonne trees for 35 years

    posted @ Saturday, November 02, 2013 12:31 PM by chris

    i had a mri scan on both knees today the magnet kept making my knees twitch and i got told to stay still which i was , i have spondolosis in my back and found it extremly painfull to lie on my back for so long i couldnt get up off table i was in agony i have fibro aswell was so glad when it was over wouldnt go again no help from nurses what so ever

    posted @ Sunday, November 03, 2013 6:11 AM by deborah conlon

    I'm going for an MRI on my knee on Sunday, injured it playing football over a year ago and its caused me so many problems, not played football once since it happened and i've had enough. It was a 50/50 challenge where myself and another player kicked the ball at the same time which kind of jarred my knee.. Was just wondering if anyone has had a similar type of injury and what the outcome was?

    posted @ Thursday, November 21, 2013 11:37 AM by Danny Hardman

    I had an MRI scan on my knee 8 days ago and the doctor has called me back, hoping it's just wear and tear! 
    I felt no discomfort at all during the scan though the noise of the scanner is a bit unnerving.

    posted @ Sunday, November 24, 2013 6:42 AM by Joan Williamson

    I just had an MRI of my knee today. They used what is called an extremity MRI where only my leg was in the machine. They used thick comfortable pads strapped firmly to my leg so that it wouldn't move. I was in a nice reclined position in a chair that resembled an over-sized dentist chair with pillows to support my head. My other leg was on a nice padded comfortable foot rest. I had headphones and magazines to read. The whole procedure took about 30 minutes and absolutely no discomfort. In fact, I dozed off for about the last 10 minutes.

    posted @ Wednesday, December 04, 2013 7:20 AM by Pam

    I need advice!! I went Ice skating 2 weeks ago and hurt my knee real bad it swelled up really big and turned black and blue anyway I went to a&e and had an x-Ray the doctor said it looks fractured but the X-ray Is blurred because of the swelling so I have to have an MRI on the 28th and I'm freaking out after reading all this comments!! :o

    posted @ Wednesday, December 18, 2013 3:32 PM by Amy Lee

    i had an mri of my left knee yesterday. it is so simple but the sound was annoying. now i am waiting for the report. i have ligament injury 

    posted @ Sunday, December 29, 2013 5:50 AM by re....

    I am going in for a scan on both knees to diagnose patellar tendonopathy. My referring GP wrote knee pain, meniscal tear in the reason for the scan; will the scan only show that, or will it scan the knee, patellar tendon and all? I dont want to go back to the GP just to hange something that might, in fact, not need to be changed. 

    posted @ Tuesday, January 14, 2014 3:40 PM by Scott

    I am going in for an MRI on both knees, to evaluate patellar tendonosis. The referral form said knee pain, meniscal tear; will the scan show the patella tendon as well? I don't want the scan to go looking for one thing and not highlight or overlook the main cause. Apparently, tendonosis isn't a valid reason code to put in the "reason" box. Don't want to go back if im worrying needlessly. 
    Many thanks

    posted @ Tuesday, January 14, 2014 5:36 PM by Scott M

    I just had an MRI of my knee. It took a total of 15 minutes. I was given a warm blanket and ear plugs and just my lower body was in the MRI. Sure, there was some loudish noises, but I actually started to fall asleep. It was such a non event. Nothing to be upset about or fear.

    posted @ Thursday, January 16, 2014 9:04 AM by barb

    If one is not offered, request a small supportive "pillow" that fits under the back of your knee. Once the technician placed that padded piece of foam under my knee for support, I could continue the MRT without pain. Also, don't forget to take your pain meds before going to help ease the stretching pain of your injury. Other than that, it's a piece of cake.

    posted @ Friday, May 09, 2014 11:42 AM by cleneveu

    I don't see how an MRI can be painful unless you have some kind of metal implants inside your body (I suppose it's possible metallic ink in tattoes could also react. When I had an MRI on my knee, they told me not to bother removing my belt. The result was kind of cool; watching my belt trying to take itself off, being pulled into the air as if by a ghost.  
    The reason it takes 30 minutes, which is pretty standard, is because they are not just taking one picture at one angle. By the time that half hour is over that big machine has collected hundreds of photos from every possible viewpoint. 
    Yes, MRI machines are extremely loud. It's a small price to pay for being able to literally see inside your body. But that's why they give you the headphones. It's not to entertain you, it's to prevent hearing damage. I've personally had several MRIs and the noise has never bothered me.  
    Conclusion: If you have any kind of non-invasive procedure that is causing you pain, let someone know right away! An MRI is not supposed to cause any feeling whatsoever (though if you're wearing a belt you might feel your pants being tugged at). Actually, that applies to any medical treatment or testing unless they tell you right before hand "this is going to hurt". If the dentist is drilling and you're feeling it, just tell him/her and you'll get more lidocaine. If the noise from the machine is bothering you, tell someone and they'll get you earplugs. If they work for ground crews at airports, I'm sure they'll work at the radiology lab. If it's the duration bothering you, again, tell someone and they'll even give you sedatives! Just make sure you've got someone else to drive you home, otherwise you'll have to suffer through an entire half hour of listening to the radio.

    posted @ Sunday, July 13, 2014 6:47 AM by Jeff

    Booked in for MRI on both knees- but on separate days- why don't they do both in one session?

    posted @ Thursday, July 17, 2014 5:04 PM by hegarty

    after 3 months I have just got the results of my knee MRI scan.  
    My consultant said the results of the scan look worse than they really are.How come I thought the MRI scan showed true results. What is the point of the scan if he thinks the results .are over rated and making the knee look worse than it is .has anybody else had this said to them .that the MRI scan looks worse than it really is .I would love to hear as I am confused with the results .

    posted @ Saturday, August 16, 2014 2:56 AM by eve

    Had MRI on left knee yesterday. Results not in yet. I have a question. This morning whenI got up I noticed my nose, teeth and throat felt ODD. I began pushing around on my nose and to bones felt as though I had been hit really hard. My teeth were very sensitive and I had o somewhat feeling of not being able to swallow. Does anyone know if the MRI could have vibrated my whole body hard enough to cause these symptoms? Thanks

    posted @ Wednesday, October 22, 2014 2:20 PM by Bobbie

    My doctor refered me to a local hospital for an MRI due to constant pain and swelling in both my kness.A letter arrived from the hospital I was asked to call the hospital to make an appointment but I didn't because I am very claustrophbic the thought of going inside an MRI machine almost gave me a panic attack so to be honest I ignored the letter. A few weeks later the hospital called me and informed me I could have the MRI the following day if I was available I owned up and said I can't do it as I suffer really badly from claustrophobia the person said please don't worry you will go in feet first and only the bottom half of you will actually be inside the machine your shoulders and head will not be inside plus if you can't cope you have a panic button and we will stop the scan.To be honest I was still very nervous but the MRI was just as I was told. I was allowed to be fully clothed except for my shoes I laid on the bed I was asked if I was comfortable I had a plastic cage over my right knee I was told to keep as still as possible and try not to wiggle my toes I was given a panic button to press if I was unhappy and headphones as it was going to be noisy. The bed then moved me slowly and gently into the MRI scanner I did panic a little bit incase the bed went all the way inside the scanner but it stopped and as previously informed my shoulder and head were outside the scanner so I relaxed I heard a voice through my head phones saying we are going to start the scan it will take about 20 minutes are you ok and happy for us to begin I said yes i'm fine there was a fan blowing cool air which was really nice there was a lot of banging and loud noises but that didn't really bother me and I also felt like the bed was vibrating a little bit but not enough to be uncomfortable That was 10 days ago in October 2014 I phoned the doctors today for the result and was given an appointment to see my doctor next week so I am really happy I went for the MRI because now I will finally find out whats wrong I hope my account will help anyone who like me is very claustrophobic and is scared to have an MRI on their knees my message to you is there is nothing to worry about you will cope if I can do it so can will be fine good luck

    posted @ Wednesday, November 05, 2014 11:08 AM by Lesley kennedy

    Eyhad MRI on R knee yesterday. They called for me to come back today for a partial repeat. Said part of an image wasn't clear. Hope they didn't lie to me. So, I'm scared they found something worrying and want to re check that. I started having problems with it back in Feb. Only had an xray..finally getting an MRI. Too long after initial symptoms. Which caused me to lose my job. MRI was easy least,. More afraid of what is seen. Above my knee it is very puffy and leg feels heavy.not many has followed up on their diagnosis. Wonder what was the problem with everyone's knee?

    posted @ Wednesday, November 05, 2014 12:03 PM by Kim

    I never had a problem with my knees before the injury. Then I had meniscus torn from injury, I had to go through lot of pain including pain from MRI, CT scan, surgery, pain killers including cortisone, vicodin and synvisc...Now my doctor said that I have Arthritis in the knees!! is that right?? don't understand what's going on, if I asked for another MRI scan would that help me figure out what's happened, I'm been in pain since 2007. Although my doctor wouldn't give me another MRI after all these years saying that I have arthritis, for note he is the one that did my surgery. Please help

    posted @ Wednesday, November 05, 2014 4:45 PM by Naidine

    Everything that you do, no matter what it is, you should learn how to listen to your body, if you noticed that something is not good or you have the feeling that your knees or hips are not in good shape, it's better to have it check immediately go to any orthopedic clinic near you and look for a doctor that specialized in knee, hips or ankle condition

    posted @ Thursday, December 18, 2014 2:13 AM by Hip Replacement Parramatta

    Had left knee Mri today no problem. Took around 35 " and I only had my knee in machine. Listening too music but sounds were loud anyway no worries . Think happy thoughts  

    posted @ Monday, April 06, 2015 3:51 PM by Tony

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