MRI - Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need an appointment for my MRI?
Yes, your physician will need to call our office to schedule your appointment. We offer evening and Saturday appointments.
Do I need to bring anything along to my appointment?
Yes, you will need to bring the order from your physician, photo
identification, pertinent x-rays or previous MRI images as well as your
Will my insurance pay for my MRI?
Most insurance companies will require preauthorization for an MRI.
Please check with your insurance company prior to your appointment.
How do I prepare for the exam?
- You may eat, drink and take regularly prescribed medication before your exam.
- You will need to remove ALL jewelry prior to your appointment (Including body piercings and rings).
- DO NOT wear any eye make-up to your appointment.
Will I receive radiation during my MRI?
No. An MRI examination is performed with a very strong magnet.
What happens if I panic?
Every patient is provided a "call" bell to alert the technologist in the event that there may be a problem.
Will my head be in the MRI machine?
Depending on what body part we are imaging, that specific area needs to be in the center of the magnetic field.
What will I wear for my MRI study?
Depending on the
scan you are having you may be asked to change into a patient gown.
However, if your clothing is free of all metallic objects you may be
able to stay dressed.
Will my dental work, braces or dentures effect my MRI?
Most dental work does not present a problem for an MRI study. However,
for MRI examinations of the head and/or neck area, the patient will be
asked to remove dentures to prevent a metal artifact.
How long will my MRI study take?
Patients are routinely
requested to arrive 15 minutes before the actual scan time. This allows
time for a safety screening and for obtaining a short medical history
from you about your symptoms. Depending on the type of MRI or MRA study
your doctor requested, most examination time's range from 30 minutes to
one hour. Times will vary according to the patient's specific needs.
May I take my medication before the exam?
Yes. It is advised that you take your prescribed medication, as directed by your doctor, on the day of your exam.
Will my physician get my MRI images?
Only if requested. Your physician will get a report sent to him/her immediately upon finalization by the radiologist.