How should I prepare for my MRI Test?

No special preparation is required prior to an MRI exam. You may eat normally and go about your daily routine. You can also continue to take any medication prescribed by your doctor, unless otherwise directed.

Because of the magnetic fields, you will be asked to leave the following items in a safe place outside the scan room:

*  Coins
*  Jewelry
*  Watches
*  Glasses
*  Credit Cards
*  Keys
*  Hair Pins
*  Other Metalic Objects

You may also be asked to remove makeup, dentures and wear a hospital gown to avoid magnetic interference from the belt buckles and/or zippers.

Once you are situated on the table, make sure you are at ease to keep still. Breath normally, as there is nothing about the procedure to make you uncomfortable.

The only thing you will notice is a faint knocking sound, which represents the changes in the magnetic field. Once the exam is over, the technologist will assist you out of the scan room.

Because of the potential hamrful effects associated with all metallic objects in a magnetic field, you should check with your physician or MRI technologist if you have had any brain, ear, other surgeries or any of the following:

*  Pacemaker
*  Neuro-Stimulator
*  Metal Implants
*  Aneurysm
*  Surgical Staples
*  Implanted Drug
*  Infusion Device
*  Foreign Metal Object
*  Shrapnel or Bullet Wounds
*  Permanent Eyeliner

If you are Pregnant, be sure to notify
your physician, prior to the MRI.