MRI FAQ

Patient Information

There is no preparation needed before an MRI exam. Do not worry about food or drink restrictions and continue to take any medication you are currently prescribed unless directed otherwise by your doctor.

Before your MRI scan, you will be asked to fill out a screening form to ensure that there are no health risks or interferences with your imaging.

Some things that may pose a health hazard during your MRI exam:

  • pacemaker
  • metal implant
  • shrapnel
  • tattoos
  • dentures or magnetic keepers
  • medication patches
  • pregnancy

You must remove all metallic items before your MRI exam

This includes items such as:

  • jewelry
  • watches
  • piercings
  • certain cosmetics
  • hair clips
  • hair ties
  • paper clips
  • hearing aids
  • shoes
  • safety pins

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MRI Information

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a large medical scanning device used to evaluate a patient’s internal health. MRIs use strong magnetic fields to create images of the body to diagnose diseases, joint health, internal injuries and other medical diagnosis.

MRI machines do not use ionized radiation (harmful radiation), so scans are safe and effective.

MRI scans are very safe. Over 410 million patients have had MRI examinations and scans are extremely safe as long as standard safety measures are taken. Patients do not feel MRI scans and there are no long-term or short-term tissue damages of any kind.

Metal Object Cautions

The presence of any metal in your body could prove to be a safety hazard during an MRI scan. However, every trained MRI technologists will ask you if you have any metal objects on or within your body prior to your scan.

The presence of any metal in your body could prove to be a safety hazard during an MRI scan. However, every trained MRI technologists will ask you if you have any metal objects on or within your body prior to your scan.

Examples of metal within the body:

  • Cochlear implants
  • Pacemakers
  • Rods or joint prostheses
  • Cranial plates
Pregnancy

The effects of magnetic fields on fetuses are not well understood yet. Please talk to your doctor if you are or suspect to be pregnant.

Kidney or Liver Problems

Kidney or liver problems could minimize the use of injected contrast agents prior to your scan.