You will be asked to arrive 1/2 hour before your appointment time. This time is used to register, screen, obtain medical history, prepare and inform you of your exam. No special preparations are necessary for a MRI scan (except for MRCP). Eat, drink, and take medications as you normally do.
The registration process includes obtaining your demographic and insurance information.
The MR Technologist will then escort you to a separate waiting room were we will begin the screening and medical history procedure. Most patients with joint replacements or other orthopedic hardware do not present a problem and still can be scanned, but because MRI uses powerful Magnetic Fields, some patients may be excluded from having a MRI.
If any of the following conditions exist please notify us before your exam.
- Cardiac Pacemaker
- Cerebral Aneurysm Clips
- Cochlear Implants
- Implanted Insulin or Chemotherapy Pumps
- Implanted Neuro-Stimulator Devices
- Heart Valve Replacements
- Other Prosthetic Devices
- Metal Fragments in Eye
When the screening process has been completed some patients maybe asked to change into a gown. We offer lockers to secure your valuables. Please leave all jewelry and valuables at home.
You will then be escorted to the MRI scan room to begin your exam. You will be asked to lie on a padded table. It is important that you lie very still while the images are being taken. A MRI Technologist will be right outside the exam room and will be able to see and hear you the entire time. If you are uncomfortable, just say so and the technologist will be right in.
During the exam process the MR scanner makes a very loud repetitive noise. This process is a result of the changing of the magnetic field to collect the data. Earplugs are provided for you to minimize the sound.
Music is available for the OPEN MRI scanner. The High Field scanner produces a much louder noise and will interfere with your enjoyment of the music.
When the exam is complete, you will be escorted back to your dressing room. Some patients may be asked to wait for their MRI pictures to bring with them back to their physician.