Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging
(MRI)

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a
test that lets your doctor see detailed pictures of the inside of your body. MRI combines
the use of strong magnets and radio waves to form an MRI image.

How do I get
ready for an MRI?

  • Follow any directions you are given for not
    eating or drinking before the test.

  • Ask your provider if you should stop taking any
    medicine before the test.

  • Follow your normal daily routine unless your
    provider tells you otherwise.

  • You’ll be asked to remove your watch, jewelry,
    hearing aids, credit cards, pens, pocket knives, eyeglasses, and other metal
    objects.

  • You may be asked to remove your makeup. Makeup
    may contain some metal.

  • Most MRI tests take 30 to 60 minutes. Depending
    on the type of MRI you are having, the test may take longer. Give yourself extra
    time to check in.

What happens
during an MRI?

  • You may be asked to wear a hospital gown.

  • You may be given earplugs to wear if you need
    them.

  • You may be injected with a special dye
    (contrast) that improves the MRI image. 

  • You’ll lie down on a platform that slides into
    the magnet.

Tell your healthcare provider and the technologist if you:

  • Have ever had an imaging test such as MRI or CT with contrast
    dye
  • Are allergic to contrast dye, iodine, shellfish, or any
    medicines
  • Have a serious health problem. This includes diabetes or kidney
    disease, or a liver transplant.
  • Are pregnant or may be pregnant, or are breastfeeding
  • Have any implanted device or metal clips or pins in your
    body

What happens
after an MRI?

  • You can get back to normal activities right
    away. If you were given contrast, it will pass naturally through your body within
    a day. You may be told to drink more water or other fluids during this time. 

  • Your doctor will discuss the test results with
    you during a follow-up appointment or over the phone.

  • Your next appointment is: __________________