- Unless you are told otherwise, you may follow your regular daily eating and drinking routine and take medications as usual.
- If you are receiving a contrast material orally or in an injection, the technologist will ask if you have allergies of any kind or any serious health problems.
- Jewelry and other accessories should be left at home. Metals can interfere with the MRI unit.
- You should tell the technologist if you have medical or electronic devices in your body, because they may interfere with the exam or potentially pose a risk.
- Ask the center in advance if a family member or friend is allowed in the room with you.
- Some patients experience claustrophobia from being in the tube. If you anticipate anxiety, ask your doctor for a sedative before your exam.
- Wear loose fitting clothing that has no metal fasteners, but you may be asked to wear a gown during the exam.
- The technologist begins by positioning you on the moveable examination table.
- Transmitters may be placed around the area of the body being studied.
- Bolsters or straps may help you keep you completely still.
- You will be moved into the magnet of the MRI unit.
- The scanner is air-conditioned and well lit. You may request earplugs or the scanner may have music piped in.
- If a contrast material is used during the examination, it will be injected into an intravenous line (IV) after an initial series of scans. You may feel a cool flush from the IV for a few minutes. Additional series of images will be taken following the injection.
- The MRI scanner makes loud thumping noises during imaging. It records images for a few seconds or a few minutes at a time. It is important that you are completely still while the images are being taken.
- The entire examination is usually completed within 45 to 60 minutes.
- You may resume your usual activities and normal diet immediately after the exam.
- Your primary care or referring physician will receive a copy of the images and test report and will discuss the results with you.