7 Tips for Staying Calm and Comfortable During an MRI for MS

By Lisa M. Basile
Reviewed by Dana Cooper, M.D.
April 12, 2023

Your doctor may have told you that they need to use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to help diagnose multiple sclerosis (MS). Or maybe you’re getting the procedure regularly to help monitor your disease and response to treatment. If you’re like many people, you probably have some questions or even apprehensions about getting an MRI.

It’s true that MRIs can be uncomfortable for some people, since you’ll be required to lie still for an extended period of time in a small space, says Achillefs Ntranos, M.D., a board-certified neurologist and MS specialist in Beverly Hills, California. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to make the experience more tolerable.

To help you get more comfortable with an upcoming MRI, we’ve gathered insights from experts and people with MS who’ve been there.