MRI-Patient Preparation and Instructions


Please bring your insurance information on the day of your exam and the order or prescription from your doctor.

Because an MRI utilizes extremely strong electro-magnetic fields, any metal in your body has the potential to be pulled out during the exam.  Therefore, screening for metal is part of the study preparation.  You will be asked if you have ever had a bullet or shrapnel in your body, or ever worked with metal. If there is any question of metal fragments, you may be asked to arrive early to your appointment to have an x-ray that will detect any such metal objects and assess the risk of the MRI.

You will be asked if you have a history of brain surgery, or a pacemaker or implanted medical device such as a medication pump or electrostimulator. If you do please contact our office prior to your appointment.

You will be asked to remove anything that might degrade MRI images of the head, including hairpins, jewelry, eyeglasses, hearing aids, and any removable dental work. So as not to degrade the images, you may be asked to change into a gown that will have no metal such as zippers, snaps, hooks, buckles or buttons.

The staff may ask you about your medical history, including previous surgeries and symptoms related to the area of interest being imaged.

You may take any prescription medications as usual unless otherwise instructed.

The exam typically takes 30-60 minutes. During this time you will be asked to lie very still.