Before an MRI

Instructions for Patients Before an MRI

Before undergoing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), patients should prepare for the test using the following instructions and guidelines:

  1. If your doctor has given you the order for the exam, bring it with you to the appointment.
  2. Your test may have been scheduled with sedation. If you need to be given a drug to make you drowsy, a nurse will give you more instructions.
  3. You may take all medicines. You may eat and drink unless you are having an MRCP, a specific exam for your gallbladder.
  4. You will be asked to fill out a patient history form before your exam.
  5. A non‐iodine contrast medication may be injected into your vein through an IV line to make a better, clearer picture. Notify your physician and the MRI technologist if you have had a reaction to gadolinium in the past. Notify your technologist if you receive dialysis or have kidney disease.
  6. Tell your doctor and the MRI technologist if you have any metal objects inside of your body. These may include a pacemaker, aneurysm clips, a metal plate, and staples from recent surgery or prosthesis.
  7. Tell your doctor and the MRI technologist if there is flying metal debris where you work. If any debris has ever been lodged in your eyes, this test may harm your retina. The radiologist may order an X‐ray to see if there is any metal in eye.
  8. Remove all metal items such as hair clips, jewelry, watches, hearing aids and dentures. Credit cards will be erased if brought into the MRI. You will be asked to change into a gown for your exam.
  9. Tell your doctor and the MRI technologist if you suffer from claustrophobia (fear of being closed in).

Need to Refer a Patient?

Click here for Patient Referrals

Browse Services A-Z

Maps and Directions

Click here for directions