Prepare For Your MRI scan
General Instructions for All MRI Patients
You will be asked to remove all metal from your person (i.e. earrings, watches, bobby pins, etc.) and credit cards. Lockers are provided. It's helpful if your clothing is comfortable (i.e. sweats) and doesn't include metal buttons, snaps or zippers.
Diet Instructions for Special Exams
For special MRI exams like MRCP, MRAs of abdomen or renals, MRIs of the liver, pelvis and abdomen, you should not have anything to drink (including water) or eat four (4) hours prior to the exam.
Are you having an MRI that uses contrast enhancement? A new policy is in effect to pre-screen certain patients.
Effective June 19, 2011, patients who will be getting an MRI that includes an intravenous injection of a contrast agent called gadolinium may need to have a recent BUN/Creatinine test available for clinical review. Your provider may be asked to order this lab test for you, so that the results are available before your actual MRI scan. The test results can be available in about an hour if performed at a nearby Providence Laboratory.
Who needs to be screened? Patients with a history of:
1. Renal disease (including solitary kidney, renal transplant, renal tumor)
2. Age >60
3. History of Hypertension
4. History of Diabetes
5. History of severe hepatic disease/liver transplant/pending liver transplant. For patients in this category only, it is recommended that the patient's GFR assessment be nearly contemporaneous with the MR examination for which the GBMCA is to be administered.
6. In addition, any patient who has a history of GFR that is under 40 (within the last 60 days) must have a GFR within 24 hours of the contrasted exam.
Please contact an MRI scheduler at (907) 212-3146, or toll-free at (888) 458-3151. If necessary, we can connect you with a technologist to answer any concerns you may have.
Want to save some time?
Please download, print, and fill out our MRI Screening Form before your appointment, and bring it with you to give to the technologist. This is the complete list of screening questions asked before you enter the scan room.