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MRI scans

Key things to remember if you are having a MRI scan:

  • For Your safety! Pacemakers and other devices may be damaged if in the MRI scanner.
  • Keep meals ‘lite’ and avoid caffeinated beverages before your appointment.
  • Take your medications as usual.
  • Arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
  • If you need a MRI injection, do you have kidney disease? Let the staff know, for you need blood work a minimum of 48 hours before the MRI injection.
  • If you are 65 years or older, and/or diabetic, you need to have blood work a minimum of 48 hours before the MRI injection.
  • Relax and hold still during your exam as best as you can.

MRI, or ‘Magnetic Resonance Imaging’, is an advanced imaging technology that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to create detailed images of the tissues (brain, muscles, cartilages, etc.) of the body without the use of X-rays. Exam times can be from 20 minutes to about 45 minutes, depending on the test your doctor has ordered. Some specialized MRI’s can take 50 minutes, but the majority of MRI exams are 20 to 30 minutes.

Because of the great strength of the magnetic field, it is important for each patient to understand that certain medically implanted devices, such as cardiac pacemakers (PPM), automatic internal cardiac defibrillators (AICD), and other various other devices in patients may prohibit you from having an MRI. This is for your safety. If you do have any devices implanted in your body, please notify the front office staff what the device is. Also, you will be given a form that lists many potential devices and medical history questions that may relate to you. It is important that you answer these questions thoroughly and completely.

Arrive one half hour before your scheduled appointment time. Keep meals ‘lite’ before your MRI. We suggest not eating for 1 hour before your exam. Avoid caffeinated beverages a few hours before your exam. If you are on prescribed medications, and you must take your medications any time before your MRI exam, you may take your prescribed medications as needed. Prior to your MRI scan a technologist may ask you to remove jewelry and clothing that is not suitable for the MRI scanner. We have lockers for your possessions and gowns for your comfort and convenience. During the MRI scan, it is important to remain very still and relaxed. This will make your exam go faster, for if you are moving about while in the scanner the technologist may have to retake whole series of pictures if they are blurry from your movements. Do your best to hold still while being scanned.

Some MRI scans require an injection in a vein in your arm with a very small ‘pediatric’ size needle for your comfort. If you have a history of kidney disease there are two blood specimen values we like to have before your MRI and they are a B.U.N. and a creatinine, for these test indicate how well your kidneys are functioning. If you have kidney disease of any kind, make sure you notify the front office staff. It is important that you answer questions thoroughly and completely on all forms given to you regarding your medical history. If you need a MRI injection, the technologist will perform this injection in the middle or end of the timeframe of the exam. Once the scan is completed, your technologist will give you instructions and you can resume your normal activities such as driving your car and resuming your normal diet within the guidelines as prescribed to you by your doctor.

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Dr Prashant  Sarin
(Chief Consultant Diagnostic Radiology)

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Dr Saurabh  Bohra
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