Advanced Open Imaging- Patient Preparation

In many cases, what you do before your appointment is just as crucial as what we do during the exam itself. Carefully review the preparation guidelines for MRI shown below. Feel free to contact us if you have questions.

Note: We work with your doctor to pre-register you and pre-approve your insurance coverage. If your exam is the result of a Workers’ Compensation claim or a motor vehicle accident, we will also verify this information before scheduling your appointment.

How to prepare for your MRI

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time slot to ensure adequate time for completing necessary screening forms and dressing before the exam. Or, print and complete the screening forms and bring them with you.
  • Inform your referring physician and our staff in advance if you have ever experienced claustrophobia. If necessary, medication can be prescribed before your appointment. Please note that medication is not available on-site. Also, if you receive medication, bring someone with you who can drive you home, because it may not be safe to drive yourself.
  • Take your regular medications prior to the exam.
  • Bring all insurance cards and a photo ID.
  • Bring any previous diagnostic reports and films/CDs (such as x-ray, ultrasound, CT or MRI exams) of the area we are scanning, so the radiologist can compare previous images to the current images.
  • Leave valuables at home, or you may lock up your belongings in the patient dressing room and bring the key with you to the exam room.
  • No metallic objects can be worn during your exam (e.g., watches, jewelry, keys, cell phones, hair pins, hearing aids, eyeglasses, coins, etc). Also, do not take any credit or bank cards in with you. The scanner will erase the information recorded on the magnetic strip.
  • You may wear your own loose clothing during the exam, as long as there are no metal snaps or zippers. Otherwise, you may be asked to wear a hospital gown.

Notify our staff in advance if you:

  • Have implanted devices (e.g., pacemakers, cochlear implants, aneurysm clips, stents, prosthetic heart valves, dentures)
  • Have any serious health problems
  • Have had any type of surgery within the last eight weeks
  • Have ever had surgery on your brain, ears, eyes or heart
  • Have metal objects in your body (including surgical staples) or you work with metals
  • Have a bone or joint replacement or any prosthesis
  • Are or may be pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding
  • Weigh more than 300 pounds