Before the Test
Personal items such as your watch, wallet, including any credit cards with magnetic strips (they will be erased by the magnet), and jewelry should be left at home if possible, or removed prior to the MRI scan. Secured lockers are available to store personal possessions.
Allow 2 hours for your MRI exam. In most cases, the procedure takes 15 to 30 minutes, during which time several dozen images may be obtained.
During the Test
You will be asked to wear hospital scrubs during the MRI scan. As the MRI scanning begins, you will hear the equipment making a muffled thumping sound that will last for several minutes. Other than the sound, you should experience no unusual sensations during the scan.
For certain exams, an injection of a contrast material may be administered. This helps identify certain anatomic structures on the scan images.
If you must have laboratory testing 24-48 hours after your MRI, please notify your physician that you have received MRI contrast. Please feel free to bring up questions or concerns to the technologist or the physician.
After the Test
Generally, you will be able to resume normal activity immediately after the procedure. The results of the MRI should be available to your physician 1 business day after your test is completed.
Please remember, we are happy to discuss your questions and concerns. Please feel free to ask.