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MRI Preparation

In most cases, we will call you 24-48 hours prior to your appointment to discuss your MRI and pre-exam preparations. Below is a general list of preparations for MRI. We strongly encourage you to ask questions and discuss any concerns you may have prior to your procedure. We believe that communication with our patients is an important part of the service we provide.

  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your appointment time to complete paperwork and to change clothes if necessary.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothes without zippers or snaps or metal objects. We may request that you to change into a clinic gown if your clothing has metal.
  • Please bring the written prescription your physician gave you for this procedure.
  • You will be requested to complete a detailed MRI screening questionnaire asking certain safety questions. This includes questions relating to:
    • Pacemakers
    • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator's (ICD's)
    • Cochlear ear implants
    • Aneurysm clips
    • Metal implants
    • Metallic foreign bodies
    • Pregnancy
    • Breast feeding
    • Body piercing 
    • Tattoos
  • You should take all of your usual medications, but inquire about taking sedation or pain medication prior to your procedure if you have a fear or anxiety of small spaces or cannot lie still for 30-60 minutes at a time due to pain an/or anxiety condition.
  • If your MRI procedure requires sedation or pain medications, please bring a driver and notify our scheduling department.
  • Most MRI procedures do not have eating or drinking restrictions; however, our staff will inform you of any dietary restrictions that may be required at the time your procedure is scheduled.
  • No metal objects are allowed in the scan room. This includes, but is not limited to jewelry, watches, credit or bankcards, hairpins, clips or barrettes, wigs, hearing aids, beepers, keys or key chains, and loose pocket change.
  • You should remove all eye make-up before your procedure. Some make-up contains metal that may distort the images.
  • It is recommended that all body piercing jewelry be removed prior to the procedure. Some body piercing jewelry contains metal that can be a safety concern or can distort the images.
  • You will be provided a locker to store your personal items; however, we recommend that you leave all unnecessary valuables at home.
  • Patients who are scheduled for an MRI, who have a history of renal failure or insufficiency, hypertension, diabetes, severe liver disease or transplant and those over the age of 60 will be asked for blood test results. The blood test should have been performed no more than 30 days prior to their exam. Patients should speak to their referring physician to make these arrangements as certain patients with the above conditions may not be able to receive the intravenous contrast associated with the MRI exam.

If you have questions about an upcoming appointment or past results, call us.