Metal fragments in your eyes or in any other part of your body—Tell your doctor if your work involves metal filings or particles.
Implanted port device, such as an insulin pump
Metal plate, pins, screws, or surgical staples
Metal clips from aneurysm repair
Any other large metal objects in your body (Tooth fillings and braces are usually fine.)
You will remove any metal objects (eg, jewelry, hearing aids, glasses) and change into a gown.
may be taken to check for any metal objects in your body.
You may be:
Given ear plugs or headphones to wear (The MRI machine makes a loud banging noise.)
Given an injection of a contrast dye into your vein
Allowed to have a family member or friend with you during the test
Description of the Test
If contrast is used, a small IV needle will be inserted into your hand or arm before you are moved into the MRI machine. The contrast will be injected during one set of images. It helps to make some organs and vessels easier to see on the pictures. You might have an allergic reaction to the dye, but this is rare
You will lie on a special table. This table will be moved inside the opening of the MRI machine. Most MRIs will consist of 2-6 sets of images. Each one will take between 2-15 minutes. You will need to lie still while the images are being taken. You may need to hold your breath briefly. The technician will be in another room. You will be able to talk to her through an intercom.
You will be asked to wait at the facility while the images are examined. The technician may need more images.
If you took a sedative, do not drive or operate machinery until it wears off.
If you are
and receive contrast dye, you and your doctor should discuss when you should restart breastfeeding. Information available has not found any ill effects to the baby if a breastfeeding mother has had contrast dye.
Be sure to follow your doctor's
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
The test is painless. However, you may notice the following:
Loud knocking or tapping noises from the machine
Brief stinging when the IV needle is inserted (if contrast is used)
Your doctor will discuss the findings with you and any treatment you may need.
Call Your Doctor
After the test, call your doctor if any of the following occurs:
Worsening of symptoms
Allergic or abnormal symptoms (if contrast material was used)
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a