Click below to hear some MRI sounds for yourself
Click the download icons (the little computer with the red arrow over it) down near the bottom of this page to download an MP3 sample of some MRI sounds. The first is a single short scan that can give you a general overview of one particular scan segment. It runs only 1 minute, 7 seconds. The second is an entire brain scan with all of the segments. It runs about 22 minutes. You can download this scan into your iPod or MP3 player, lie down on your couch with a cloth over your eyes, and it will give a pretty decent glimpse at what the MRI will be like (as close as you can get in your home anyways).
Coming soon to a scanner near you: Silent MRI scans! GE unveils new "Silent Scan" technology at RSNA. This a revolutionary breakthrough in MRI that is currently being developed by GE. Visit the link for more info and to see a video demonstration.
Sample of MRI sounds
This download is approximately 1MB. Scan time is about 1 minute
Whole Brain MRI Scan
This download is approximately 22MB. Scan time is about 22 minutes