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How Do I Prepare for An MRI Exam?

There are no specific preparations needed. You may go about your normal activities and take your routine medications unless instructed otherwise by your physician.

Please plan on arriving at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled time to register and complete paperwork.

What should I wear for my MRI?

  • T-shirts, sweat shirts, sweat pants
  • Anything comfortable without metal is preferred.
  • The scanning room is set at a cool temperature, so please wear something warm.


Once you have arrived and checked in, you will be met by one of our trained MRI Technologists who will review your paperwork, carefully screen you for conditions that may be problematic and answer any questions you might have about your exam.

Please tell your MRI Technologist before the MRI if you have a pacemaker, artificial heart valve, implanted drug infusion port, intrauterine device (IUD), or any pins, metallic implants, aneurysm clips, or metal fragments from previous injuries or surgeries.

Before your exam, you may be asked to change into a gown. No keys, coins, credit cards, dentures with metal components, hearing aids, jewelry or cell phones are allowed inside the room where the MRI scan takes place.

Your physician may have ordered a contrast agent for certain exams to enhance the images for interpretation. If so, an intravenous line (IV) will be started in your hand or arm.