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Preparing for your MRI

In most cases, no special preparations are required for an MRI exam. You will be informed if any special preparations are required. You may take medications and follow your normal diet. Please remember some complicated exams last more than thirty minutes. Once an exam begins it may not be stopped for a restroom break.

Please bring the following items to your appointment:

  • Your completed prescription
  • Your insurance cards and personal identification
  • Any x-rays or CT scans that pertain to your MRI scan

You will be asked to leave personal items with a family member or in a locker. For safety reasons do not bring the following items into the exam room:

  • Dentures or partial dental plates
  • Hearing aids
  • Jewelry (except wedding bands)
  • Watches, belt buckles, coins or other metal items
  • Credit cards, debit cards or any card with a magnetic strip. The MRI scanner will erase magnetic strips.

For your safety, please call to inform us if any of the following apply:

  • You have a pacemaker, defibrillator or other battery-powered device in or on your body.
  • You have ever had metal fragments in your eyes
  • You are or may be pregnant

A more detailed list of safety questions will be asked prior to your exam.

Are there any restrictions with the MRI exam?

Yes. To ensure your safety, we will interview you by phone and in person prior to your exam. It is important for you to answer our safety questions accurately.

MRI is not recommended if you have:
  • A pacemaker or cardiac defibrillator
  • Some types of aneurysm clips
  • Cochlear (ear) implants
  • Some other medical implants that use magnets, batteries or wires

If you have any of the above, be sure your physician and the MRI staff know about it. We will use a published list to determine if your device can be scanned safely.

Can I bring someone with me to the MRI exam?

Yes, but we prefer they remain in the waiting area. In some cases someone who meets all the safety requirements stated above may be able to accompany you during the exam. However, this will add to the preparation time for the scan. Our staff will stay in contact with you by intercom during the entire exam.

What will happen during the MRI exam?

You may be asked to change into an examination gown before your test. A technician will position you on the exam table, which will gently slide into position for the exam. Lying still will help produce the most detailed images possible. Depending on the purpose of your exam you may receive an injection of a contrast solution that will allow the radiologist to view tissues more clearly. As the images are created you will hear a series of thumping sounds. These are normal.

How long will the MRI exam take?

We perform many types of exams, ranging from fifteen minutes for a simple scan to about an hour for complex studies. The average is between 30 and 45 minutes. Including dressing time and paperwork, plan on between 60 to 90 minutes.

How will I feel after the exam?

There are no known side effects of an MRI scan. You should be able to return to your normal activities. If, however, you used a mild sedation you should not drive or operate heavy machinery or make important decisions.

When will I know the results of my MRI exam?

Board-certified radiologists from St. John and Providence Hospitals will interpret your MRI exam. Our radiologists are specialists in neuroradiology, orthopedics and body applications. Test results will be sent to your physician within a few days. You should make an appointment with your doctor to discuss the results.

Are MRI exams covered by my insurance?

Major insurers often cover MRI. Check with your insurance provider to find out what your plan covers.

What if I have more questions about MRI?

If you have additional questions please ask your physician or call Open MRI of Michigan at 248-585-4569 or toll-free 888-674-6424.


 

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Open MRI of Michigan

411 West 13 Mile Road - Map
Madison Heights, MI 48071

1-888-674-6424 (toll free)