MRI 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

  • You may follow your regular daily routine and take medications as usual.
  • Arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment with a prescription if your doctor has given one to you, insurance card, identification and a list of your current medications. 
  • Leave all valuables at home.
  • You will be asked to wear a gown for the exam.
  • Bring product ID card for any implantable devices.

Procedure

  • You will be positioned on a moveable examination table.
  • You will be given earplugs to reduce the noise of the scanner, which produces loud thumping/tapping and humming noises during imaging.
  • 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 moveable table will slide into the MRI scanner.

Considerations

  • If you have metallic or electronic devices implanted in your body, you must have documentation stating what they are.
  • Please note that our MRI equipment has a table weight limit with a starting range at 350 lbs.
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