Preparing For Your MRI

A magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, exam uses a magnet, radio waves and a computer to create detailed, two- and three-dimensional pictures of your organs and tissues. The MRI doesn’t involve any radiation; the magnets and radio waves are harmless. Your care team may use MRI images to help diagnose injuries and diseases in nearly any part of the body.

Before the exam
It is important to follow instructions, or we may have to schedule a new appointment.
  • If you have experienced claustrophobia or anxiety when confined to small spaces, please call us before your exam at 913-945-8177.
  • Due to the use of a magnet during your exam, please wear clothing without metal such as metal zippers. Remove metal jewelry and glasses. You also may want to remove makeup, which can contain some metal. Orthodontic braces and fillings are not a problem.
  • If you are having an abdominal exam, do not eat or drink anything other than water for six hours before your scheduled exam.
  • Take any normal daily medicines.
  • Please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled exam.
If you have metal in your body, it could interfere with your MRI. Please tell your radiology care team if you have any of the following:
  • Pacemakers
  • Replacement joints or implants
  • Medicated adhesive patches
  • Metal splinters
  • Tattoos
  • Dental implants or devices
  • Drug infusion ports or pumps
Talk with your radiology care team before your exam if you
  • Are nursing or may be pregnant
  • Have diabetes
  • Are allergic to any dyes or have kidney problems
  • Have experienced claustrophobia or anxiety when confined to small spaces
  • Have had an MRI on the same part of your body before (We can compare old images to new ones.)
During the exam
You may need to change into a gown. You will lie on a table, and the table will slide into the long, metal tube with the magnet. You will be asked to remain still.

During the exam, you will be able to speak with your care team. You will hear noises from the machine. You may be able to use earplugs or headphones with music to reduce the noise. Exams may take from 30 minutes to an hour per test.

Some exams require a contrast dye to enhance the image. If your exam includes contrast, you will receive it by injection through an IV.

After the exam
You may return to normal activities after your exam. If you received a contrast dye, it will pass through your system within 24 hours. Drink plenty of fluids to help the process.

Your results
Our radiologist will review your exam and report the results to your doctor within 24 to 48 hours. Your doctor will contact you with the results.

If you need a copy of your report or images, contact the Radiology Imaging Center at 913-588-6812.