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MRI Preparation

How do I prepare for the exam?

  • At the time you schedule your appointment, you will receive specific instructions, such as diet restrictions, as preparation for your MRI will vary depending upon the type of exam you are scheduled to receive. The representative will also verify your health and insurance information.
  • If available, please bring previous imaging results (MRI, CT scan, X-rays), such as reports or films.
  • Due to the magnetic field of the MRI, you will be asked to wear metal-free clothing or to change into a gown. You will also be asked to remove any metallic objects, such as jewelry, watches and hair clips.
  • It is important to inform your technologist of prior surgeries or metal implants, such as pacemakers, aneurysm clips or inner ear prosthetics.
  • Notify a BayCare Imaging Professional if you are nursing or if there is a chance you may be pregnant.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment to verify your registration information. If you require IV sedation for pain or claustrophobia (only available at hospital locations), you must arrange for this at the time of scheduling and arrive 30 minutes early.

What should I expect during the exam?

  • You will lie on a cushioned table. In most cases, an imaging device called a "coil" will be placed around the area of the body to be scanned.  
  • Once you are comfortably positioned, the table will move into the magnet opening.
  • You will hear tapping and knocking sounds for a few minutes at a time as the images are being acquired. It is important to lie as still as possible during this part of the exam to help ensure clear images.
  • In some cases, you will need contrast material to further aid in detection or diagnosis of potential abnormalities. In this instance, an IV will be placed in your hand or arm before the exam begins. Once the contrast is injected, you may feel a warm, flushed sensation and experience a metallic taste in your mouth that lasts for about two minutes.

What happens after the exam?

  • A radiologist who specializes in the specific area of the body that was examined will review your images.
  • The radiologist prepares a diagnostic report to share with your doctor.
  • Your doctor will consider this information in context of your overall care and talk with you about the results.

To make an appointment, please call:

Hillsborough County: (813) 635-3610
Pinellas/Pasco Counties: (727) 461-8555


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