What to Expect During an MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses radio waves and a strong magnetic field to create detailed images of internal organs and tissues.

Before Your MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses strong magnets that can cause metal in your body to move. When you schedule your MRI test, you will be asked several questions about your medical history. Your technician may ask about:

  • Any previous surgeries you've had
  • If you have a pacemaker or other implants
  • Any tattoos or metal splinters you have

The technologist will also need to know if you are or may be pregnant and if you are claustrophobic. You may need to have lab work to see how well your kidneys are functioning. Some scans may require a contrast material injection.

Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your test. You will need to remove any jewelry or metal objects, including makeup that may contain some metal.

Please download our MRI prescreening and consent form before your appointment.

During Your MRI

You may be asked to wear a hospital gown. For some tests, you may be injected with a contrast agent to help improve the image provided by the scan. For the procedure, you simply lie down on a platform that slides into the magent.

After Your MRI

You can resume normal activities immediately. If you were given a contrast agent, it will pass naturally through your body. Contact your doctor to discuss your test results.