Patients – How to Prepare – MRI

MRI

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR MY MRI?

  • Ensure that you have a referral from your medical doctors and bring it with you on the day of your appointment.
  • Make an appointment and attend on time.
  • Confirm any preparation required with staff when making your appointment.
  • Advise our staff of any medical conditions that are relevant at time of booking.
  • Keep taking your medication unless advised otherwise.
  • You cannot have an MRI if you have a pacemaker or cochlear implants, as so
    for patients with aneurysms in the brain treated with metal clips and patients with metallic foreign bodies in their eyes.

WHO WILL DO MY MRI?

Qualified and experienced radiographers will always be present during your procedure. Our onsite radiologist will plan and supervise each MRI procedure.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN DURING MT MRI?

You will be asked to lie down on the MRI table and one of our radiographer staff will position you, to ensure that the best quality pictures
are taken. You are always in our radiographer’s full view and there is a microphone and buzzer attached to the machine, so you are
always able to communicate with them during the test.

Although the exact procedure may vary depending on the area of your body being scanned, the following usually applies:

  • You will need to complete a safety form before entry into the MRI suite.
  • You will be asked to change into a gown and remove all metal jewellery.
  • A surface coil will be positioned over the area to be studied.
  • You will be asked to lay on the table which moves into position prior to scanning.

An injection of contrast may be required, however this is a different contrast than used for CT procedures. It is usually a ‘gadolinium’
contrast and is usually not an iodine-based contrast. Our staff will discuss this further with you should it be necessary for your
procedure.