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Prep Instructions for MRI

If you are having an abdominal exam, avoid food and drink for 4 hours prior to your procedure. Necessary medications may be taken as prescribed with as little water as possible.

Plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment so a technologist can explain the entire process before the examination and answer any questions you may have. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing although you may be asked to change into scrubs or a gown for your exam. Exams vary in length of time depending on the scope of the test.

Any metal objects will be stored in a safe and secure area while your exam is being performed. During your exam, a technologist will observe you at all times. An intercom system is built into the MRI so that you can communicate with the technologist throughout the exam.

IIf you are having a MRI with contrast, and any of the following criteria apply, you must have a current creatinine level drawn within the last 30 days. If you do not have a current creatinine level, the technologist will draw blood the day of the exam:

  • 60 years of age or older
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Renal disease or renal problems
  • Family history of renal failure
  • Patient currently on dialysis or a history of being on dialysis

After your examination, a radiologist will interpret your exam and provide a written report to your physician. Your physician will then contact you with the results.