In general an MRI is a fairly easy procedure to prepare for. MRI examinations are non invasive and, apart from a select few studies, require little to no preparation. Patients should consider wearing loose, comfortable clothing with no metal if possible. Metal objects can pose a hazard in the MRI scanner and cause artifacts (black marks) on the images themselves. If you are not able to arrive without metal on your person or clothing it’s not a problem! Our team will have you lock up your belongings and change into a gown if necessary.
Make sure the doctor is aware of any previous surgeries, and whether or not you have any implants including pacemakers, defibrillators, pain management pumps, bone growth stimulators, neurostimulators, bladder stimulators, diaphragm stimulators, breast tissue expanders, or other electronic devices. The vast majority of implants are MRI safe. If you have an implant please inform our scheduling team when making your appointments. They can speak with one of our radiologists to determine the safety of the implant, and if any special imaging protocols should be used.
To allow time to complete paperwork and be interviewed by your technologist, please arrive at least 15 minutes before your appointment time. Once you are escorted in the examination area, our team of professionals will make sure you are comfortable before your exam begins, and communicate with you during your study. Even if you are claustrophobic, our scanner, the environment, and our caring technologists will ease your mind and seamlessly get you through the procedure. At The Radiology Clinic, we consider all variables to make our patients as comfortable as possible.