How do I Prepare for the Exam?
- Normally, no special preparation is needed for an MRI.
- We request that you arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled scan, to complete paperwork and change clothes if necessary.
- You may eat normally and take your medication as directed by your physician, including pain medication.
- Please wear loose comfortable clothing without metal such as zippers, hooks, clasps, buckles, snaps, underwire or bra hooks.
- Avoid wearing anything metal such as jewelry, watches, or hair accessories.
- For your convenience we will provide a locker for your hearing aid, removable dental work, credit cards, keys, and pocket change.
- If you have any metal in your body such as plates, screws, metallic fragments, metal picked from your eyes, or drug infusion pumps please let the technologist know.
- Bring a CD with your favorite music if you wish or we can provide the music for you.
- Ear phones or ear plugs will be available upon your request.
- For MRI contrast studies, patients 60 years and over or diabetic patients will need lab work, specific to a CREAT blood draw. Please ask that the results be promptly faxed to us at 419-843-6686.
What Should I Expect When I Arrive for the MRI Scan?
- You will be greeted by one of our friendly front office staff who will help you fill out your paper work. They will begin by reviewing the series of questions regarding your medical history.
- Once the paper work is complete, the certified MRI technologist will prepare you for your exam by instructing you to remove all metal from your belongings and sometimes it is necessary to change into scrub cloth.
- Next the technologist will take you to the MRI scan room. The MRI machine is sufficiently large, and the body part being imaged will be in the center of the machine. You will lie down on a cushioned table which slides into the scanner, then a non-confining device will be placed over the body part being examined, this acts as our camera.
- The technologist will leave the room, but you will be able to communicate with the technologist at all times. The technologist will view you at all times through a large window; you will never be left alone.
- When the MRI scan begins, you will hear a tapping sound that will continue for several minutes, there will be a few pauses in the tapping during the processes. Earplugs and music will be provided.
- Do your best to lie as still as possible, since any movement will affect the pictures any motion may mean you will have to repeat the process. Try to relax; you can even take a nap.
- Other than the tapping sounds, you should experience no other sensation.
- A friend or family member may accompany you in the room.
- The scan is usually completed in 45 minutes to 1 hour, after which the technologist will help you off the table and you may go home and resume your daily activities.
Please notify the technologist if you have any of the following:
- Cardiac pacemaker
- Cerebral aneurysm clip
- Cochlear ear implant
- Metal fragment picked from your eyes
- Metal prosthesis of joints