An MRI can be performed directly following or in conjunction with other imaging studies. Depending on the area to be examined, the patient may be asked to have nothing to eat or drink prior to the scan. Directly following the MRI the patient can resume normal diet and activity.

The strong magnetic fields created during an MRI can interfere with certain implants. Any person with a cardiac pacemaker should not enter an MRI area. Other implants will be discussed during the patient screening process with clinic staff.

Prior to entering the MRI area, any person with a history of welding or working with sheet metal and who may have been exposed to small metal fragments should receive a skull x-ray or CT to screen for metal in the eyes.

Some metal is not reactive to the magnetic field of the MRI area. Still certain metal objects are not allowed into the room. Patients are asked to please leave all jewelry, watches and other valuable accessories at home the day of the exam. Secure lockers are available for each patient and he/she will be asked to leave other personal items such as: credit cards, hearing aids, removable dental work, hair accessories containing metal, pins, metal zippers, writing pens, pocketknives, eyeglasses and other metallic items in that secure locker.

It is important that the patient remain still during the MRI examination. While the MRI causes no pain, some people may experience some anxiety, particularly a patient who has experienced claustrophobia in the past. In this case a patient may be given a mild sedative. The MRI technologist will be in constant contact with the patient via intercom and monitor the process with the patient. If the patient was given a sedative there will a monitored recovery time and the patient will not be allowed to drive his/her vehicle directly following the exam.

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