Preparation before proceeding MRI


  1. You or your physician should send related previous films to the MRI Center prior to the day of your exam.
  2. Provide additional information and answer any questions you have about MRI.
  3. Unless specified by your physician, there is no special diet or preparation necessary.
  4. Void before exam.
  5. Certain articles of clothing, such as metal zippers, rivets, wires, and belt buckles might degrate MRI images . You will need to change into an imaging gown which contains no metal.
  6. The MRI is a painless exam that will last 20-60 minutes, but some patients can find it uncomfortable to remain still during the examination. Please do not frightened when MRI is working ,take rest and relax.
  7. You will need to lie completely still during the examination to avoid blurring the picture.
  8. When you first lie on the bed of the imager, the technologist will position an imaging coil around the anatomy being imaged. The technologist will the move your body to position a specific piece of anatomy at a crossed light beam. This spot on your body will be advanced to the isocenter of the magnet before the scan begins. This process is called landmarking.
  9. You will hear knocking or thumping noises during the scan. Don't be alarmed. These are normal noises. Because of the volume of these sounds, it is recommended that you wear ear protection. 
    ( Listen to the following audio segment as an example of the sound generated by a magnetic resonance imager while an image is being acquired.)    
      10. There is an intercom system in the scanner to keep you in constant contact with the                  technologist or you can ask for entourage to stay with if you scare to stay alone. The                patient can speak on a microphone within the machine if there is any problem.