Preparing for an MRI
There is no special preparation for an MRI examination. There is no need for a change in daily routine. All prescription medications can be taken normally. However, patients undergoing MRI examination of the pelvis and abdomen will be asked not to eat or drink for 4 hours prior to imaging. No special preparation is required for other body examinations.
What to Bring
- Please bring a picture ID, health insurance card with your policy number, the name of the policyholder (spouse or other family member whose name is on the insurance policy), and the policyholder’s date of birth and social security number.
- If you were injured at work or in an automobile accident, please bring along any claim information, such as claim numbers, insurance carrier, and contact person, so that we can bill the correct party.
- If you have previous x-rays, CT scans, or MRI scans of the area that we will be scanning in your possession, bring them to your appointment.
- Bring completed health forms from the packet we mailed to you.
- Implanted device card/information, if you have it.
What to Wear
Because MRI uses a powerful magnet, objects with metal or metallic properties (e.g., watches, cell phones, iPods, credit cards, coins, pocket knives, etc.) will not be permitted in the MRI room. All patients will be asked to change into facility provided clothing. This removes any metal related material for safety and image quality related issues. Patients will be asked to remove other metallic items such as jewelry, eye glasses, wigs (with metallic mesh or pins), and non-permanent dentures so that they do not interfere with exam quality or pose a safety concern. Lockers are provided to secure your clothing and valuables.
Who Performs Your Exam?
Exams are performed by registered MRI Technologists. When you arrive for your appointment and complete the necessary paperwork, one of our technologists or tech-aides will greet you in the lobby and escort you to the scan area. The technologist or tech-aide will review the health-history/exam forms you completed to ensure you are properly prepared for the exam. A technologist will also explain the exam and answer any questions.