How Long Does It Take to Get MRI Results?


MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging; it is a scan that provides detailed pictorial information of the body generating a magnetic field. An MRI is done when your doctor needs to have a more detailed idea of a particular part of your body, such as the heart, blood vessels, joints, and more.

Once your doctor administers an MRI, how soon you get your results depends on the urgency of your situation. This article will discuss with you, everything you need to know about an MRI including how soon to expect your results.

How soon can you expect your results?

How soon you receive your results after an MRI scan is dependent on several factors. These factors include:

  • Emergency: if you got an MRI during an emergency, you’ll get your result quickly.
  • The professional reading the MRI: In most cases, your results are first interpreted by a physician specialist (a radiologist [1]). They then send their findings to your doctor. Your doctor will do they’re examining on the MRI and make a final prognosis.
  • The purpose of the MRI: Why you are having the MRI will also determine how soon you get it. If it is for cancer diagnosis, or to assess treatment, the result will pass through multiple specialists for review and consultant. In this case, it may take longer to receive information on it.

Generally, it may take a week or two before you get briefed on your MRI scan result.