MRI With and Without IV Contrast

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) helps doctors diagnose and treat medical conditions. MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures.

Preparation

  • Leave all valuables at home.
  • You may follow your regular daily routine and take medications as usual.
  • If you have any medication patches, nicotine patches, continuous glucose monitors, or Neulasta, you will need to remove these before having your exam.
  • If you are currently breastfeeding, please do so before arriving to your appointment.
  • Arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment with an order/paperwork if your doctor has given one to you, insurance card, identification and a list of your current medications.
  • Bring product ID card for any implantable devices.
  • You will be asked to remove all clothing and piercings, including permanent piercings, hair pins, magnetic lashes, etc. and change into a hospital-approved gown for the exam.

Considerations

  • If you have metallic or electronic devices implanted in your body, you must have documentation stating what they are.

Procedure

  • You will be positioned on a movable examination table.
  • You will be given earplugs to reduce the noise of the scanner, which can be very noisy.
  • A device that contains coils may be placed around or adjacent to the area of the body being studied.
  • You will be asked to remain still during the exam.
  • The movable table will slide into the MRI scanner.
  • Part way through the exam, the technologist will give you an injection of contrast material in a vein in your arm, and they will let you know when you will start feeling this.
  • You may feel a cooling sensation in your arm from the injection.
  • The technologist will then run additional scans to complete your exam.
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