For your MRI Exam

Preparing for your MRI Scan

You do not have to do anything special before your MRI exam, but there are some very important things to remember.

  • Make sure you notify the center, prior to your appointment, if you have any of the following 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 in your body. 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 your technologist where to put your belongings.
    • Eyeglasses
    • Jewelry
    • Watches
    • Coins
    • Bank and ATM cards
    • Pager
    • Hearing Aids
    • Keys
    • Removable Dental Work
    • Credit Cards
    • Hairpins
    • Cell Phones
    • Other metallic or 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.
  • Avoid using hairspray or deodorant and don't wear eye makeup on the day of your exam.

During the Scan

The exam is simple and painless. Patients relax comfortably on a scanning bed. Many patients nap during the examination. Our attentive and professional staff will answer any questions and assist in your comfort.

The open-air MRI design enables parents to sit along side small children to comfort them during the exam if necessary.

After the Scan

You may resume your normal activities unless otherwise instructed by your doctor. Most generally, your physician will receive a typed report within 8 hours of your completed scan.