Patient Preparation

MRI Exams

Any patient scheduled for an MRI exam will be screened by a nurse or technologist prior to entering MRI Suite. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to exam time to complete the screening process. 

  • Please inform the center prior to your appointment, if you have any of the following implanted in your body: any metal in your body or possible metal fragments in your eyes (welders, etc.), a pacemaker, aneurysm clips, cochlear implants, or any other type of implant. Also, please notify the center prior to your appointment if you have had surgery in the last 6 weeks.
  • Your personal items MUST be kept at a safe distance from the magnet. You may ask a nurse or technologist where to put your belongings (eyeglasses, jewelry, watches, coins, bank/ATM cards/credit cards, cell phones, hearing aids, keys, removable dental work, hairpins, other metallic/ metal- containing objects).
  • Make sure that you are well hydrated prior to your exam.
  • Notify the nurse or technologist if you are pregnant or suspect that you may be pregnant.
  • If you are scheduled for a MRI of the Brain and have braces or permanent retainer please inform the center.

MRI Intravenious Contrast Exams

Any patient scheduled for MRI contrast exam must be NPO (without food and fluid) for 3 hours prior to your scheduled appointment time.  A serum CREATININE lab is required for any patient with the following medical history:

  • Over the age of 60
  • Uncontrolled HTN (high blood pressure)
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Kidney Disease or insufficiency

** Any patient on dialysis will not receive contrast during MRI exam due to contraindications.  

CT Exams

Any patient scheduled for a CT Exam will be screened by a nurse or technologist prior to entering CT Suite. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to exam time to complete the screening process. 

  • Any patient scheduled for CT of Abdomen and/or Pelvis will need to remain NPO (without food and fluids) after midnight prior to scheduled date.  If your CT exam is scheduled with ORAL contrast you will need to pick the contrast up from the facility prior to exam date.  The nurse or technologist will call you with instructions the day prior to your exam.
  • Notify the nurse or technologist if you are pregnant or suspect that you may be pregnant.

CT Intravenious Contrast Exams

Any patient scheduled for CT contrast exam must be NPO (without food) for 3 hours prior to your scheduled appointment time.  Please inform the center if you have a known allergy to iodine or CT contrast. 

  • A serum BUN and CREATININE lab is required for any patient with the following medical history:
  • Over the age of 50
  • Uncontrolled HTN (high blood pressure)
  •  Diabetes Mellitus
  • Kidney Disease or insufficiency
  • Please notify the center if you are taking any form diabetic medications.

**Any patient on dialysis will not receive contrast during MRI exam due to contraindications

Arthrograms

A nurse or technologist will contact the patient the day prior to scheduled appointment date to confirm and screen the patient for CT or MRI arthrogram exam.  Please notify the center of the following:

  • If you are allergic to local anesthetics, steroids, iodine products, and/or contrast agents.
  • If you are pregnant or think you maybe pregant.
  • If you are currently taking Diabetic and/or blood thinning medicaiton.

Children

A CT or MRI referral on a patient under the age of 6 years will be scheduled between the hours of 8:00am and 2:00pm. Once an appointment date and time has been established the nurse or technologist will notify the parent or guardian to give special instructions regarding the exam. The special instructions are as follows:

  • Sleep deprivation (put child to bed the night before the exam 2 hours later than normal and awaken the child 2 hours earlier than normal).
  • If the study is ordered with contrast the child will be NPO (no food) 3 hours prior to exam time.
  • The child may bring a DVD to watch while the MRI exam is being performed.

Pregnant Patients

If a MRI referral on a pregnant patient is scheduled, written authorization from the patient’s obstetrician, referring physician and radiologist must be obtained before MRI exam can be performed.  The nurse will contact the patient prior to her scheduled appointment date to obtain information regarding written authorization.  CT exams, X-rays or contrast studies will not be performed on pregnant patients.

Breastfeeding Mothers

If a patient is receiving contrast during her study and is currently breastfeeding PLEASE inform the nurse or technologist before exam.  All breast milk must be expressed and discarded for 48 hours after contrast has been administered.