Preparation Before MRIDietary Requirements
During the MRI Examination
After the MRI Examination
Unless directed otherwise by your doctor, you may eat and take your usual drugs before an MRI examination.
No metal can enter the exam room, clothing with metal snaps or pins should not be worn. Jewelry, watches, rings etc should be left in the locker. Hairpins and dentures should also be left outside the examination room.
Please avoid heavy facial makeup as they may create artifacts especially for head or neck MRI imaging.
You must inform the attendant of any metal implants or plates that may be in your body - particularly in your head or in the vicinity of your eyes.
You must also let us know beforehand if you have ever had any implanted devices, a pacemaker or any previous surgery. The make and model of implants may be necessary (i.e. ear implants, heart valve replacements).
Pregnant women are contra-indicated for an MRI unless approved by a physician.
If you have history of chronic failure or renal disease and you are scheduled for a contrast MRI study, please inform our staff beforehand.
Our radiographer will assist you to lie down on a comfortable padded table. We will ask you to remain as still as possible during the exam to ensure the best quality images. The body part to be examined will be positioned in the center of a reception antenna. You will be able to communicate with the technologist via intercom for the duration of the examination which usually lasts from 30 to 45 minutes. Imaging of more than one region may require a longer duration. You will be supplied with ear plugs to reduce the noise during the examination.
If necessary, a contrast agent will be injected into the arm to enhance the diagnostic image. You will be advised prior to the injection if this is required. This substance (Gadolinium) is non-toxic and contains no iodine. Side effects are very rare.
Some patients suffer from claustrophobia , which is the fear of being in a confined or enclosed place. Should you have any questions, need assistance or become uncomfortable at any time during your exam, you can utilize the built-in intercom system to communicate with our medical personnel.
You can eat or drink as usual after the examination. The result of your scan will be communicated to your referring doctor.