If you think you may be claustrophobic, ask your doctor to prescribe medication prior to the exam.  If you do receive medication, please bring someone with you that will be able to drive you home because you will not be able to drive yourself. Relax and do not worry about the exam!  We will make sure that you receive the quality, professional care that you deserve. Prior to your exam, please review the following checklist:

You May Eat, Drink and Take Medications

You CANNOT Have the Exam If:

Contrast Agent

For most exams, it isn’t necessary to refrain from eating and drinking.  Your physician can help guide you through the preparation.

You CAN take any medication you may currently be taking.  It is not necessary to stop taking it prior to the exam.  In fact, the exam will be much more comfortable if you continue to take your medication.

You CANNOT have the exam if you have any of the following:

  •   Certain cerebral aneurysm clips
  •   Certain heart valves
  •   Cochlear implants
  •   Metal filings in the eye
  •   Pacemaker/Defibrillator

You will be asked a series of questions concerning your surgical and occupational background.  If this history includes metal work (ex. welders, grinders, etc.) or metal implants, please be sure to tell the technologist prior to your exam.  Preliminary X-rays may need to be taken.

For certain studies, the injection of a contrast agent maybe necessary to help better visualize the area being examined. Unlike contrast agents used in other radiology studies, MRI contrast agents do not contain iodine and therefore rarely cause allergic reactions or side effects.
Before having a contrast injection, please tell your doctor, nurse, and/or MRI technologist if you:

  • are allergic to any medicine, either prescription or nonprescription (OTC);
  • are pregnant;
  • are breast-feeding;
  • have any other medical conditions, especially allergies or asthma (history of), kidney disease, diabetes or heart disease.