Magnetic Resonance Imaging

ExitCare ImageMagnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a painless test that takes pictures of the inside of your body. This test uses a strong magnet. This test does not use X-rays or radiation.

BEFORE THE TEST

  • Wear comfortable clothes. Avoid clothes with metal snaps, zippers, buckles, or rivets.

  • Do not bring watches, jewelry, or any metal objects into the test room.

TEST

You may be asked to wear a hospital gown. You will lie on a table that rolls into a tunnel-shaped scanner. The machine can be noisy. You may be given earplugs or headphones for music. You might get a shot (injection) of contrast dye to improve the pictures that are taken. You will be asked to hold very still.

AFTER THE TEST

Ask when your test results will be ready. Make sure you get your test results.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.