WHAT TO BRING

  • Bring your insurance card, ID and prescription when you come in for your appointment.
  • Bring any previous reports or films pertaining to the area of examination.
  • Arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your appointment time to register.

If unable to keep your appointment, please give 24 hours notice.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is one of the most advanced and comprehensive methods of testing available. It allows physicians to look inside the human body to obtain diagnostic information without the use of radiation. It is a non-invasive procedure with no known side effects. The procedure is painless; in fact you won’t see or feel anything. A faint knocking may be heard, which is simply the machine in operation.The typical procedure averages thirty minutes or longer depending on the type of information required by your physician. Once you are situated on the table, make sure you are comfortable. Breath normally. You can help make your procedure easier by simply relaxing and remaining as still as possible during the exam.

The typical procedure averages thirty minutes or longer depending on the type of information required by your physician. Once you are situated on the table, make sure you are comfortable. Breath normally. You can help make your procedure easier by simply relaxing and remaining as still as possible during the exam.

Some patients feel so relaxed, they even fall asleep during the process. After the exam, you will probably feel very well rested. There should be no restrictions on your normal activities, so you can go about your regular routine.

HOW TO PREPARE

No special preparation is required for an MRI exam. No fasting is required nor should there be any difference in your daily routine. Unless otherwise directed, you may continue to take medications prescribed by your doctor.

Prior to entering the examination room, you should remove items that are not compatible with a magnetic field and leave them in a safe place

  • These include:

    Coins
    Jewelry
    Watches
    Glasses
    Credit Cards
    Hearing Aids
    Keys
    Other Metal Objects

 

You may also be asked to remove dentures and to wear a hospital gown to avoid any interference from belt buckles or zippers

  • Check with your physician or technician about any other objects that may interfere with the magnetic field including:

    Pacemaker
    Metal Implants
    Intrauterine Device (IUD)
    Surgical Staples
    Aneurysm Clips
    Foreign Metal Objects (Shrapnel, etc.)

 

If you are pregnant, please notify your physician.