MRI Preparations

New Jersey MRI Services

There is not a lot you need to do to prepare for an MRI scan. The exam does not expose you to radiation, making the test very safe and noninvasive. There are, however, some things you should discuss with your physician so that you know what to expect and they are aware of any circumstances that could impact the results of the test.

The following are some topics you should discuss with your doctor before an MRI:

Tell your doctor if you have any metal implants as these could interfere with the results of the test. MRIs use magnetic fields instead of radiation, so they interact with most forms of metal. Some items include:

  • Pacemakers and artificial heart valves
  • Brain aneurysm clips
  • Intrauterine Device (IUD)
  • Prosthetic joint replacements
  • Metal plates, pins, screws, or surgical staples
  • Cochlear implants
  • Tooth fillings do not usually interfere with MRI, but you should still tell your doctor you have them.
  • A closed MRI may be hard for you if you have claustrophobia or feel uncomfortable when exposed to loud noises. If this will make it hard for you to lie still for an extended period, the doctor may supply you with a sedative. You will also have the option of having your MRI in our Open MRI or Upright MRI.
  • You cannot wear hearing aids, glasses, hairpins, or jewelry inside the MRI
  • As with most medical procedures, you should inform your doctor if you think you might be pregnant.

You have the freedom to choose where you receive your MRI. Atlantic Medical Imaging is equipped with some of the most cutting-edge technology currently available. Call us at (833) 823-6533 if you’d like to learn more.

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