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  • Preparing for your MRI exam

    To avoid delays on the day of your MRI exam, please be sure to arrive 30 to 60 minutes prior to your MRI appointment to register. Time and place will be dependent on the study and facility; instructions will be given at the time of scheduling.

    If you are having an MRI of the abdomen or pelvis, please have nothing to eat or drink 4 hours prior to appointment time. If you must take oral medication, use a minimal amount of water.

    You'll be given separate instructions if you are receiving Anesthesia or Pediatric Sedation.

    Further information about anesthesia for adult MRI patients   Further information about anesthesia for pediatric MRI patients  

    Please expect to be asked to change into hospital attire for your MRI exam. Jewelry from piercings will need to be removed if present within the body area being scanned and must be nonmagnetic.

    If you have any concerns about an implant or internal device, do not hesitate to contact your doctor.

    MRI Safety

    Upon your arrival you will be given an MRI screening form to complete to be sure it is safe for you to enter the MRI suite. It is important that this information be as accurate as possible.

    If you have any implants or devices that are not removable, please bring any information you have, such as the name of the device, its model number, settings (if there are any) and the date of insertion.

    Please expect to be asked to change into hospital attire for your MRI exam. Piercings will need to be removed if they are present within the body area being scanned and must be nonmagnetic. Be sure to inform MR Technologist of any chance of pregnancy and if you have any tattoos.

    If you have any concerns about an implant or internal device, do not hesitate to contact your doctor.