How do I Prepare for MRI Exam?

Prior to your exam you may eat normally and continue to take any medication prescribed by your doctor, unless otherwise directed. The only exception is MRI of the Abdomen. You will be asked to remove all jewelry, glasses, hearing aids, hair pins, and other metallic objects. We provide you with your own locker for your belongings. You may also be asked to remove dentures and wigs. You will be asked to wear a cloth gown.

Additionally, you should alert your physician or one of Medinova Imaging’s staff if you are pregnant or if you have any of the following:

  • Neurostimulator (TENS unit)
  • Surgical Staples
  • Shrapnel or Bullet wounds
  • Aneurysm Clips
  • Internal defibrillator
  • Pacemaker
  • Implanted drug infusion devise
  • Permanent Eyeliner
  • Any other metallic implants

What Can I Expect During My Exam?

When your exam begins, you will lie on your belly on a movable table that slowly glides through the MRI Scanner. Your body parts to be scanned will be positioned in cushioned openings surrounded by a coil, a device that enables the MRI scanner to create the images. During the exam, you may pass through the MRI scanner several times. While the machine is working, you will hear occasional thumping sounds. Do not be alarmed, as these sounds are normal. MRI technology is safe, and Medinova Imaging follows all steps to ensure patient comfort during the exam.

While most MRI exams are non invasive, your doctor may request that you receive an injection of a harmless contrast agent that provides a clearer picture of the body tissues. Exams typically last about 25-45 minutes, and you can help ensure the clarity of the images by remaining as still as possible while the scanner operates.

Once your exam is complete, Medinova’s imaging specialist(s) will prepare your report for your referring physician. Only your physician can discuss the results with you.

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